Beg Lady to send Elizabeth a subscription ticket for Almack's, an talking of Almack's, I think my boy's eyes are even more blue and beautiful than Lady C -'s. Adieu, my dear Julia, Ever, &c. Lady Emily Mandeville was the daughter of the Duke of Lindvale. She married, at the age of sixteen, a man of large fortune, and some parliamentary reputation.
Lucan thanked her for the permission, but without availing himself of it; then, while making all his little arrangements of neighborly comfort: "You were remarkably handsome to-night, my dear child!" he said. "Monsieur," said Julia, in a nonchalant but affirmative tone, "I forbid you to think me handsome, and I forbid you to call me 'my dear child!" "As you please," said Lucan.
And as he thus looked and thought, the door opened, and a young lady stepped forth on deck. The barrister dropped and fled into his cabin it was Julia Hazeltine! Through the window he watched her draw in the canoe, get on board of it, cast off, and come dropping down stream in his direction. "Well, all is up now," said he, and he fell on a seat. "Good-afternoon, miss," said a voice on the water.
"Will you ask him to see me for a moment?" The footman hesitated. "I think Mr. Arment has gone up to dress for dinner, madam." Julia advanced into the hall. "I am sure he will see me I will not detain him long," she said. She spoke quietly, authoritatively, in the tone which a good servant does not mistake. The footman had his hand on the drawing-room door. "I will tell him, madam.
So I proposed to Julia, and she accepted me last Christmas." "And you are to be married next month?" said Johanna, in an exceedingly troubled tone. "Yes," I answered, "and now every word Julia speaks, and every thing she does, grates upon me. I love her as much as ever as my cousin, but as my wife! Good Heavens! Johanna, I cannot tell you how I dread it."
"Thinking," she replied, brushing the hair out of her eyes. "Couldn't you do that without waiting behind?" "Like you should talk," Julia mumbled to herself. The rest of the group began looking around at the other shops on the street. For some reason, they were all closed. Traffic had dwindled down to nothing. The street-lights had come on early, revealing a deserted town.
They laughed at him about Florence Burton, little guessing that it had been his lot to love, and to be loved by such a one as Julia Brabazon had been such a one as Lady Ongar now was. But things had gone well with him. Julia Brabazon could have made no man happy, but Florence Burton would be the sweetest, dearest, truest little wife that ever man took to his home.
Her friend and companion, Julia Bentley, was a woman of about thirty, well above the medium height, full-bosomed and small-waisted. The type was Anglo-Saxon even to commonplace. The face was long, with a look of instinctive kindness upon it. She was given to staring, and as she looked at Emily, her blue eyes filled with an expression which told of a nature at once affectionate and intelligent.
For which, perhaps, he may be forgiven, for there was no light at the parlour window and no sound of voices that he could hear from the kitchen; even when he opened the door and walked in he did not in the firelight see any one besides Julia at first. "Julia," he said, bringing in the astonishing news, "there is a motor-car outside!" "Yes," Julia answered composedly; "but it is going away soon."
And so Julia thought God, even as she conceived Him, better company than men, or rather than women, for well, I won't make the ungallant remark; each sex has its besetting faults. Julia took back with her a candle, thinking that this awful God would not seem so close if she had a light.