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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofACountessfromCanada,byBessieMarchant ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwithalmostno restrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayorre-useitunderthe termsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincludedwiththiseBookoronlineat www.gutenberg.net Title:ACountessfromCanadaAStoryofLifeintheBackwoods Author:BessieMarchant ReleaseDate:February16,2004[EBook#11110][LastUpdated:September10, 2013] Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKACOUNTESS FROMCANADA*** ProducedbyPreparedbyAlHaines ACOUNTESSFROMCANADA AStoryofLifeintheBackwoods BY BESSIEMARCHANT Authorof"ThreeGirlsinMexico""DaughtersoftheDominion" "SistersofSilverCreek""ACourageousGirl"&c ILLUSTRATEDBYCYRUSCUNEO Contents CHAP I BEYONDTHESECONDPORTAGEII ACURIOUSACCIDENTIII OUTWITTINGTHE ENEMYIV ANIGHTOFROUGHWORKV ASACREDCONFIDENCEVI BUSINESS BOTHERSVII ANOTHERCLUEVIII THEFIRSTRAINIX THEFLOODX THESTRANGER PROVESAFRIENDINNEEDXI AWOMANOFBUSINESSXII THEFIRSTOFTHEFISHING XIII MARYXIV WOULDTHEYBEFRIENDS?XV MR SELINCOURTISINDISCREETXVI "WEMUSTBEFRIENDS!"XVII 'DUKERADFORD'SNEWFRIENDXVIII STANDINGASIDE XIX ANAWKWARDFIXXX KATHERINEMAKESADISCOVERYXXI MATTERFOR HEARTACHEXXII ABUSINESSXXIII THEMAJORITYDECIDESXXIV MR SELINCOURT ISCONFIDENTIALXXV THERIFTINTHECLOUDSXXVI FIGHTINGTHESTORMXXVII ABEAREROFEVILTIDINGSXXVIII THEGLADNESSXXIX WINTERAGAINXXX PREPARATIONSXXXI THEWEDDING Illustrations TheRescueofJarvisFerrars 'DukeRadfordMeetswithanAccident KatherineandMilesSpearingforFish "WithallherstrengthKatherinehauledattherope" BarteringwiththeIndians DriftingDowntheRiver CHAPTERI BeyondtheSecondPortage "Ohdear,howIshouldlovetogoout!" KatherineRadfordstretchedherarmswearilyaboveherheadasshespoke Therehadbeenfivedaysofpersistentsnowfall;butthismorningthecloudshad broken,showingstripsandpatchesofbluesky,andtherewasbrightsunshine floodingtheworldagain,withhardandsparklingfrost "Whydon'tyougo?"demandedPhil,whowastheyoungest "Milesandme don'tmindhavingaholidayatall." "Speakforyourselfifyoulike,"growledMiles,whowasthirteen;"butIwantto getthisschoolingbusinessoveranddonewith,sothatIcanstartdoing somethinguseful." "Andspeakgrammatically,please,orelsekeepsilent Youshouldhavesaid, 'MilesandI',"remarkedKatherinewithquitecrushingdignity,assheturned fromthewindowtotakeherplaceatthetableoncemore Philthrusthistongue inhischeek,afterthemannerbelovedofsmallboys,andsubsidedintosilence andanabstractedstudyofhisspellingbook Theschoolroomwasasmallchamber,partitionedofffromthestorebyawallof boardssothinthatallconversationaboutbuyingandselling,withthegossipof thecountrysidethrownin,wasplainlyaudibletothepupils,whosestudies sufferedinconsequence Thestovepipefromthestorewentthroughthisroom, keepingitcomfortablywarm,andinwinter'DukeRadfordandtheboysslept there,becauseitwassoterriblycoldintheloft KatherinehadcomehomefromcollegeinJuly,determinedtoteachschoolall winter,andtomakeasuccessofit,too,inamostunpromisingpartoftheworld Buteventhemostenthusiasticteachermustfailtogetoniftherearenoscholars toteach,andatpresentshehadonlyMilesandPhil,hertwobrothers,aspupils ThiswasmosttryingtoKatherine'spatience,for,ofcourse,iftherehadonly beenpupilsenough,shecouldhavehadaproperlyconstitutedschool,anda salaryalso Shemightevenhavehadaregularschoolhousetoteachin,instead ofbeingcompelledtouseamakeshiftsuchasthis Buteverythingmusthavea beginning,andsoshehadworkedonbravelythroughtheautumn,hoping againsthopeformorepupils Intheintervalsbetweenteachingtheboysshekept thebooksforherfather,andevenattendedtothewantsofanoccasional customerwhen'DukeRadfordwasbusyorabsent ThestoreatRoaringWaterPortagewasawkwardlyplacedforbusiness Itstood onahighbankoverlookingtherapids,andwhenitwasbuilt,fiveyearsbefore, hadbeenthecentreofaminingvillage Buttheminingvillagehadbeen abandonedforthreeyearsnow,becausetheveinofcopperhadendedinathick seamofcoal,which,underpresentcircumstances,wasnotworthworking Now thenearestapproachtoavillagewasatSealCove,atthemouthoftheriver, nearlythreemilesaway,wheretherewereabouthalfadozenwoodenhuts,and theliquorsaloonkeptbyOilyDavewhenhewasathome,andshutupwhenhe wasabsentonfishingexpeditions Althoughhousesweresoscarce,therewasnolackoftradeforthelonelystorein thewoods Allthroughthesummertherewasaprocessionofbirchbarkcanoes, filledwithredmenandwhite,comingdowntherivertothebay,ladenwithskins ofwolf,fox,beaver,wolverine,squirrel,andskunk,theharvestofthewinter's trapping Theninwinterthecoveandtheriverwereoftencrowdedwithboats, driventoanchoragetherebytheice,andtoescapethefearfulstormssweeping overthebay Theriverwasmorefavouredasananchoragethanthecove, becauseitwasmoresheltered,andalsobecausetherewasopenwateratthefoot oftherapidsevenintheseverestwinter,andhadbeensolongasanyonecould remember Asthemorningworeon,Katherine'smoodbecameevenmorerestless,andshe simplyyearnedforthefreshairandthesunshine Shewasusuallyfreetogooutof-doorsintheafternoons,becausetheboysonlyworkeduntilnoon,andthen againintheevening,whenitwasnightschool,andKatherinedidherbestwith suchofthefisherfolkaspreferredlearningtoloafingandgamblinginOily Dave'ssaloon EvenMilesseemedstupidthismorning,forhewasusuallysuchagoodworker; whilePhilwasquitehopeless Bothboyswerebittenwiththesnowmania,and longingtobeout-of-doors,inalltheexhilaratingbrilliancyofsunshine,frost, andsnow Nooncameatlast,bookswerepackedaway;theboysrushedofflike madthings,whileKatherinewentmoresoberlyacrossthestoreandenteredthe living-room,whichwassitting-roomandkitchencombined Anoldergirlwasthere,lookingtooyoungtobecalledawoman,butwho neverthelesswasawidow,andthemotherofthetwingirlswhowererollingon thefloorandplayingwithabig,shaggywolfhound ShewasNellie,Mrs Burton,whosehusbandhadbeendrownedwhilesealingwhenthetwinswere twelvemonthsold Mrs Burtonhadcomehometolivethen,andkeephousefor herfather,sothatKatherinemightgotoMontrealtofinishhereducation "DidyouseeFatherasyoucamethroughthestore?"Mrs Burtonasked,asshe rapidlyspreadthedinneronthetableinthecentreoftheroom,whileKatherine joinedinthefrolicthatwasgoingonwiththetwinsandthedog "No,hewasnotthere,"Katherineanswered "Hewantsyoutogouptothesecondportagewithhimthisafternoon Another boatgotinthismorningwithsomemailsonboard,andtherearestorestobe takenforAstorM'Kree,"saidMrs Burton "Thatwillbelovely!"criedKatherine,givingLottaatossupintheair,after whichBethhadtobetreatedinasimilarfashiontopreventjealousy "Iam simplyyearningtobeoutsideinthesunshineandthecold Ihavebeenwishing allthemorningthatIwereaman;thenIcouldgooffhunting,trapping,oreven lumbering,andsobreathefreshairalldaylong." Mrs Burtonsmiled "Iexpectifyouwereamanyouwouldjustdoasothermen do;thatis,smokeadirtylittlepipealldaylong,andsoneverbreathefreshairat all." "ThatisnotthesortofmanIwouldbe,"retortedKatherine,withatossofher head Thensheputthetwinsintotheirhighchairs:herfatherandtheboyscamein, anddinnerbegan Itwasahastymeal,asearlydinnerhastobewhenhalfofthe day'sworkliesbeyondit,andinlessthanhalfanhourKatherinewasgetting intoathickpilotcoat,furcap,mittens,andabigmuffler;for,althoughthesun wassobright,thecoldwasnottobetrifledwith 'DukeRadford,shortforMarmaduke,wasasombre-lookingmanoffifty Twenty-fiveyearsofpioneerlifeintheKeewatincountryhadwornhim considerably,andhelookedolderthanhisyears Buthewasastrongmanstill, andto-dayhehadloadedasledgewithstorestodrawhimself,whileKatherine lookedafterthefourgreatdogswhichdrewtheothersledge Thetrackforthefirstthreemileswasasbadasatrackcouldbe 'DukeRadford wentfirst,tobeatorpackthesnowalittlefirmerforKatherineandthedogs;but eventheneverymovementofhersnowshoessentthewhitepowderydustflying inclouds Thedogsfollowedclosebehind,soclosethatshehadoftentoshowa whiptokeepthemback,fromfearthattheywouldtreadonhersnowshoesand flingherdown ItwasfivegoodlongmilestotheabodeofAstorM'Kree,beyondthesecond portage,butthelasttwomileswereeasytravelling,overafirmleveltrack "AstorM'Kreehasbeenhaulingtimberorsomethingoverhereto-day Iwonder howhemanagedit?"calledoutKatherine,asherfather'spaceonthewellpackedsnowquickened,whilesheflewafterhimandthedogscameracingon behind Heshoutedbacksomeanswerthatwasinaudible,thenracedonata greatpace Thoselasttwomileswerepureenjoymentallround,andwhenthey drewupbeforethelittlebrownhouseoftheboatbuilder,Katherinewas sparkling,glowing,androsy,withalifeandanimationwhichshenevershowed indoors Mrs M'Kreewasaworn-lookinglittlewoman,withthreebabiestoddlingabout herfeet,andshewelcomedhervisitorswithgreateffusiveness "Well,now,Imustsayitisrightdowngoodofyoutogetthroughallthiswayon theveryfirstfineday Myword,whatweatherwe'vebeenhaving!"she exclaimed "IwastellingAstoronlylastnightthatifwehadmuchmoreofthat sortI'dhavetokeephimonsawdustpuddingsandpine-conesoup Thatfetched alongfaceontohim,Icantellyou;foritisdownrightfondofhisfoodheis, andararetrenchermantoo." "Itisbadtorunshortofstoresinkeenweatherlikethis,"said'DukeRadford, whowiththehelpofhisdaughterwasbringingbags,barrels,andbundlesof goodsintothehousefromthetwosledges,whilethedogsrestedwithanairof enjoymentdelightfultobehold Whenthestoreswereallsafelyhoused,Mrs M'Kreeinsistedontheirdrinkinga cupofhotcoffeebeforetheyreturned;andjustasshewasliftingthecoffeepot fromthestoveherhusbandcamein Hewastall,thin,andsombreofface,as menwholiveinthewoodsareapttobe,buthehadagenialmanner,andthathe wasnotyrantcouldbeseenfromthewayhischildrenclungabouthislegs "Dearme,theseyoungsters!"heexclaimed,sittingdownonthenearestbench withachildoneachknee "Iwishtheywereoldenoughtogotoyourschool, MissRadford,thenI'dgetsomepeaceforpartofthedayatleast." "Iwishtheywereoldenough,too,"sighedKatherine "Itisreallyquitedreadful tothinkwhatalongtimeIhavegottowaitbeforeallthesmallchildreninthe neighbourhoodareofanagetoneedschool." "BywhichtimeIexpectyouwon'tbewantingtokeepschoolatall,"saidMrs M'Kreewithalaugh Thentoherhusbandshesaid:"Mr Radfordbroughtsome letters,Astor;perhapsyou'llwanttoreadthembeforehegoesback." "Ah!yes,I'dbetterperhaps,thoughtherewillbenohurryabouttheanswers,I guess,forthiswillbethelastmailthatwillgetthroughtheStraitbeforethe spring."Hestoodupashespoke,slidingthebabiesontothegroundathisfeet, forhecouldnotreadhisletterswiththesmallpeopleclutchingandclawingat hishands Theotherswentontalking,tobeinterruptedafewminuteslaterbya surprisedexclamationfromthemasterofthehouse "Now,wouldyoubelieveit!TheCompanyhasbeenboughtout!" "Whatcompany?"asked'DukeRadford "Why,thefishing-fleetowners,BartonandSkinnerandthatlot,"rejoinedAstor M'Kreeabstractedly,beingagainburiedinhisletter Hewasaboat-builderby trade,andthischangeinthingsmightmakeaconsiderabledifferencetohim "Whoisitthathasboughtthecompanyout?"demandedMrs M'Kreeanxiously Lifewasquitehardenoughforheralready;shedidnotwantittobecomemore difficultstill "AnEnglishmannamedOswaldSelincourt,"repliedAstor "Heisrich,too,and meanstoputmoneyintothebusiness Hewantsmetohavefourmoreboats readybythetimethewatersareopen,andsaysheiscominghimselfnext summertoseeintomattersabit Nowthatlookshopeful." Katherinechancedatthatmomenttoglanceacrossatherfather,andwasstartled bythelookonhisface;itwasjustasifsomethinghadmadehimdesperately afraid Butitwasonlyforamoment,andthenhehadgothisfeaturesinto control,soshehastilyavertedherheadlestheshouldseeherlooking,andthink thatshewastryingtopryintowhatdidnotconcernher Heswalloweddownthe restofhiscoffeeatagulpandrosetogo Buthismannernowwassochanged anduneasythatKatherinemusthavewonderedatit,evenifshehadnotcaughta glimpseofthatdreadfullookonhisfacewhenAstorM'Kreeannouncedthe changeintheownershipofthefishingfleet Thejourneyhomewastakeninadifferentstylefromthejourneyout:thetwo sledgesweretiedtogether,andbothpairsofsnowshoespiledonthehindmost; then,Katherineandherfathertakingtheirplacesonthefirst,thedogsstartedoff atatearinggallop,whichmadeshortworkofthetwomilesofleveltrack,and gaveKatherineandherfatherplentyofoccupationinholdingon Butwhenthey reachedthebrokengroundthepacegrewsteadier,andconversationbecame possibleoncemore 'DukeRadfordbegantotalkthenwithalmostfeverishhaste,buthecarefully avoidedanymentionofthenewscontainedintheboatbuilder'sletter,anda sickeningfearofsomething,sheknewnotwhat,creptintotheheartofKatherine andspoiledforherthegloryofthatwinterafternoon Thesunwentdownin flamingsplendoursofcrimsonandgold,ayoungmoonhunglikeasickleof silverabovethedarkpineforest,andeverywherebelowwasthewhitepurityof thefresh-fallensnow SupperwasnearlyreadywhentheygotbacktoRoaringWaterPortage,butthere weretwoorthreecustomersinthestore,andKatherinewenttohelpherfather withthem,whileMilesunharnessedandfedthefourdogs OilyDavewasoneof thepeoplegatheredroundthestovewaitingtobeservedwithflourandbacon, anditwashisvoiceraisedineagertalkwhichKatherineheardwhenshecame backfromthesitting-roomintothestore "Ifit'struewhattheyaresaying,thatBarton,Skinner,&Co areinliquidation, asignfromthebishop,tookKatherine'shand,and,placingitinthatofhisfather, whisperedtohimtogiveittoJervis 'DukeRadford,standingerect,hisfinefigureheadandshoulderstallerthan thosearoundhim,exceptthebridegroom,smiledroundontheassembly,stood holdingKatherine'sunglovedhand,softlystrokingandpattingit,untilJervis reachedforwardtotakeit,whenherelinquisheditwithasmileandanod,quite satisfiedtohaveitso Theregisterwassignedinthekitchen,anditwastherethattherevelationtook placewhichcameasathunderclapofsurprisetoeveryoneconcerned,except JervisandMr Clay,thelatterofwhom,whenthebishop'spartoftheceremony wasdone,tooktheremainderuponhimself,andproceededtomakehis explanationsinavoicewhichMarydeclaredmadeherthinkofmusty parchmentsandredtape HeaddressedhimselftoKatherine,bowingsoprofoundlythatitwaswonderful hewasabletoreturntoaperpendicularpositionwithoutcatchingholdof somethingwithwhichtopullhimselfup "Ihavetocongratulateyouon becomingtheCountessofCompton,andIamquitecertainthetitlewasnever wornbyonemoreworthytoadornit." Katherineshrankastepnearertoherhusband,andtherewasalookofpositive fearinhereyes,forprivatelyshethoughtMr Claymustbemad "Idonot understandyou,"shesaidgently,andthesilenceinthekitchenwassoprofound, astheywaitedforMr Clay'sreply,thatthebuzzoftalkwhichhadbrokenoutin thecrowdedstoreseemedtremendouslyloudbycontrast Mr Clayclearedhisthroatwithadrylittlecough,intendedtoemphasizethe importanceoftheremarkswhichhehadtomake,thenhesaid:"LordCompton insistedlastnightthatnowordshouldbespokenconcerninghisaccessiontothe titleuntilaftertheceremonyofto-day;butnowitmustbeknown,andIhaveto informyouthatyourhusbandhasbeenseventhEarlofComptonsincethe18th ofFebruarylast,onlyitseemshedidnotknowofhiscousin'sdeathuntil yesterday,whenIarrivedwithpapersforhimtosign." Katherinebecameverypale,andturnedwithaquickmovementtoJervis,who stoodlookingdownuponherwithasmile "EvennowIdonotunderstand; pleasetellme,"shesaid,withabewilderedexpression "MycousinSamuelwasthesixthearl,"saidJervis,takinghiswife'shandand talkingtoherinthesamequietlyconfidentialtonethathemighthaveusedhad theytwobeenalone,insteadofthecentrefiguresofacrowdedroom "Myfather wasthesonoftheyoungerson,withthreelivesbetweenhimandthetitle AsI havetoldyou,Samuel,oldLordCompton,wasverycrueltomymotherinher widowhood,andIhotlydeterminednevertohaveanythingtodowithhim Then hissonandhisgrandsondiedwithinafewweeksofeachother,andMr Clay, whoisthefamilylawyer,wrotetometellingmethatIwasthenextheir,and CousinSamuelwantedmetogohomeandtakeupthedutiesofmynew position Thatlettercamelastsummer,butIwouldnotgo,andIwouldnot acceptanallowanceformyself;butIaskedforoneformymother,and educationformybrothers Ihavenotdeceivedyou,mydearest Ihaveonly withheldfromyoufactswhichdidnotmatteruntilnow." Katherineflushedandthengrewpale;sheknewthatalleyeswereuponher,but therewasonethingshemustknow,andhervoicehadananxiousringasshe asked:"Didyou—didyouknowthis,Imeanthatyouwerethenextheir,when youaskedmetomarryyou?" "Yes,Iknew,"heansweredcheerfully,andnowhisvoicehadgotbackitsold confidentring,fortheshadowofconstraintwhichKatherinehadnoticedinhim lastnighthadbeenowingtothisknowledgewhichhewasholdingback,and whichhadtroubledhimmorethanhecaredtoconfess "Buteventhentherewas nogreatcertaintyofmysucceeding CousinSamuelmighthavemarriedagain, andleftanothersontocomeafterhim Iwasjustaworkingman,andIlookedto supportmywifebythelabourofmyhands YoumustforgivemethatIdidnot tellyouIwasgoingtomakeagreatladyofyou,because,yousee,Ididnot knowuntilyesterday,thoughthescrapofpaperyoudiscoveredatOchreLake warnedmethatthetitlemightnotbefaroff;soIwasnotgreatlysurprisedwhen Mr Clayintroducedhimselftomeyesterday." "Mr Clayisevidentlyalawyerbynatureaswellasbyprofession,sincehewas abletokeepasecretofsuchmagnitudethroughsomanymilesoftravel," interposedthebishop,anxioustobreakthestrainforKatherine,whosecolour wasstillcomingandgoing,andwhoseeyeshadthefrightenedlookofatrapped wildcreature "Iwassuretheremustbesomestoryofgreatnessbehind,whenitbecame necessaryforafamilylawyertotakesuchajourneyasthis,"MarySelincourt said,withaneasylaugh,doingherbesttosecondthebishop'seffortstodrawoff attentionfromKatherineforatime "Andnow,don'tyouthinkwemightaswell startfeedingthemultitude,Nellie?ortheywillnotbeinaproperframeofmind toappreciatethebishop'ssermonpresently." Thediversionwaseffectual;everyonepouredoutsidetowheretableswere spreadunderthetreesbytheriver Tea,coffee,cakes,andlemonadebecamethe concernofthemoment Andinthekitchenthetwowhohadbeenmadehusband andwifewereleftalone "AmIforgiven,yourladyship?"Jervisasked;buttherewasanoteofanxietyin hisbanteringtone,forKatherine'sheadwasaverted,andheldatananglewhich madehimapprehensive "Jervis,whydidyounottellmewhiletherewastimetodrawback? ForI—Iamnotfittobeagreatlady!"sheburstoutpassionately "IdidnottellyoubecauseIwassohorriblyafraidyouwouldwanttodraw back,"headmittedcandidly,"andIwantedyousobadlythatIcouldnotafford totaketherisk YouarequiteasfittobeagreatladyasIamtobeagreat gentleman;thatgoeswithoutsaying." "ButthinkoftheworkIhavehadtodo?"shefaltered,shrinkingandshiveringat theprospectbeforeher "Workisnodegradation,"heansweredhastily,"ormydaysintheNantucket whalermighteasilyriseupinjudgmentagainstme;forIamcertaintherecanbe nomorefilthyordisgustingworkonthefaceoftheearththanIdidthen Perhapsitisbetterforusthatwehavehadtotoilsohard;weshallbebetterable tosympathizewithotherworkers,andtohelpthem." "Ishallnotknowhowtomanageahousefulofservants,"shesaid,withsucha comicalairofdistressthathehadtolaughagain "Youneednothavemoreservantsthanyoulike,andifyoucan'tmanagethem, why,wemustpaysomeonetomanagethemforus,"hesaidgaily Thenhisvoice grewgraverasheasked:"WhenareyougoingtotellmethatIamforgiven, Katherine?" Somethinginthelookonhisfaceremindedherofthedaywhenshehadrisked herlifetosavehimfromtheflood,andthememorybrokedowntherampartof offendedpridewhichhadsprungupinherheartwhenMr Claymadehis astoundingrevelation "Idon'tsupposeitreallymatterswhatourpositionisaslongasweloveeach other,"shesaidunsteadily "Andso—andsoyouareforgiven;butdon'tdoit again." "Mydear,therearenomoretitlesinourfamilythatIknowof,"heanswered,as heliftedherveiltokissher;"sothereisnottheremotestchancethatyouwill everhavehigherrankthanacountess's." "Idon'twanttohavehigherrankthanacountess's,"sheansweredsoberly "ButI mean,don'tkeepthingsbackinfuture,Jervis,orIshallalwaysbeinfear Iwant toknowthebadaswellasthegood!" "Doyoucallitbadtofindyourselfacountess?"heasked,withanairofmock horror "Ifinditdifficulttogetusedtotheidea,"shesaid,witharatherwaterysmile; forthegreatnessthrustuponherwasbynomeanstohermind Lateron,whenshecameoutwithherhusbandtodrinkacupofcoffeewiththe groupunderthetrees,althoughshewasthesameKatherine,quicktosmile,and withapleasantwordforeveryone,therewasalreadyadifference,andshe carriedherselfwithanaddedstatelinesswhichcausedMrs Jenkintoremark withasentimentalairthatgreatnesshadeatenintohersoul ButitwasOilyDavewhotookthechiefcreditforthewholebusiness,and, havingsucceededincorneringthebishopandMr Clay,heproceededtoinform themofthemannerinwhichhehadhelpedthematchalong "Ifithadn'tbeen formetherewouldn'thavebeennointerestingoccasionsuchasthisheretoday,"hesaid,standingbeforethem,thefishingbootsplantedwideapart,the "top"hatcarefullyheldinhislefthand:forofcoursehecouldnothavehishead coveredinpresenceofabishop;moreover,thehat,beingtoobigforhim,hada trickofcomingdownoverhisfacelikeanextinguisher "Pray,whatwasitthatyoudidtohelpthebusinessforward?"askedthebishop, withatwinkleinhiseye,whilstMr Clay'sstiffblackhairnearlycurledwith horroratthethoughtofalow-classpersonlikeOilyDavehavinganythingtodo withmakingthemarriageofhisclient,theEarlofCompton "Igavethegirl,Imeanherladyship,thechancetosavetheyoungman'slife,and that,Itakeit,wasthestarting-pointofthewholeaffair." 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