You have heard me described as cold-hearted, calculating, selfish —’‘I have never, sir,’— she interposed with an altered manner and a firmer voice; ‘I have never heard you spoken of in harsh or disrespectful terms.‘Get up, man; you’re waited for, outside.She could not, even a moment, dwell upon such a project; but how represent what she, herself so little understood as the necessity of Lionel? or how ask for so large a sum, and postpone, as he desired, all explanation? She was incapable of any species of fraud, she detested even the most distant disguise.She accepted it, and Bellamy attended on her other side.-Poor little innocents!-what had you ever done to provoke me?’The two sisters, with the most virtuous emulation, vied with each other in demonstrative affection, till he was tolerably consoled.‘Distress? impossible! what distress can you have to so prodigious an amount?’‘Prodigious! poor little innocent! dost think two or three hundred prodigious?’‘And what is become of the large sums extorted from my uncle Relvil?’‘O that was for quite another thing.The Hindu affects many strange coiffures.They had on white cashmere trousers with a broad gold stripe, and the regulation dress-sword by their sides.The audience applauded by loud shouts, but Mrs.
Carruthers had been obliged to abstain from mentioning him, so keen and terrible was her suffering on his account, and at such seasons Ellen Brookes had suffered keenly too, though she had only vaguely known wherefore, and had always waited until the thickest and darkest of the cloud had passed, and her mistress had once more summoned courage to broach the subject never absent from the mind of either.Hush! Come in”!These last words were in reply to a knock at the room door.Arlbery, emerging from the mortifications of neglect, which she had experienced, almost for the first time in her life, at the Rooms, was unusually alive and entertaining; Sir Sedley kept pace with her, and the discourse was so whimsical, that Camilla, amused, and willing to encourage a sensation so natural to her, after a sadness till now, for so long a time unremitting, once more heard and welcomed the sound of her own laughter.
”“You would be doing him the greatest wrong, Dalima.Macdersey then, incensed beyond endurance, lowered his voice with stifled choler, and putting his arms akimbo, said-‘If you take me for a fool, sir, I shall demand satisfaction: for it’s what I never put up with!’Then, turning to the rest, he solemnly added-‘I beg pardon of all the worthy company for speaking this little whisper, which certainly I should scorn to do before ladies, if it had not been a secret.But in this he was either disappointed or gratified, as the case may be.‘You distract me,’ answered Melmond, motioning him away; ‘I am in a scene that entrances me to Elysium! I have never read it since I could appreciate it.
‘Holloa! My captain there!’‘What’s the matter here?’ cried Simon Tappertit, bustling up in a great heat.Berlinton himself; and, gliding from his own circle as quietly as he could contrive, not to offend Lady Alithea, who, though she laughed at the little Welsh rustic, was watchful of her votaries, and jealous of her rising power, came gently behind Lord O’Lerney and whispered his request.Tush, woman! dont try to deny it.”He said nothing more to her than this, till he met her again before dinner.