think what one cau do to get you decent clothes. My maid must
run up something for you to wear by to-morrow. It is a pity to
keep you shut up all this beautiful weather, and a little life will do
you good after that prison at Bulmer, I am sure those three days
I was last there I thought I should have yawned till I broke my
neck, I did indeed, dear. She would hardly let me have breakfast
in my own room, and she would dine at six !—six ! But she was
never like anybody else; when even the duke was alive she was
the most obstinate, humdrum, nasty old scratch-cat in the county.
Such ideas, too ! She was a sort of Wesley in petticoats, and, by
the way, her gowns were never long enough for her. But I was
saying, dear, I will have Adrienne run up something for you
directly. She is clever. I never let a maid mahe a dress. It is
absurd. You might as well want Rubinstein to make the violin he
plays on. If she is inferior, she will make you look a dowdy. If
she is a really good maid she will not make, she will arrange, what
your tailor has made, and perfect it—nothing more. But still, for
you, Adrienne will go out of her way for once. She shall combine
a few little things, and she can get a girl to sew them for her.
Something to go out in they really must manage for to-morrow.
You shall have brown holland if you are so fond of it, dear, but you
shall see what brown holland can look like with Adrienne."
Vere sat silent.
" By-the-by," said her mother vivaciously, " didn't you bring a
maid ? Positively, not a maid ? "
" Grandmama sent Keziah: she has always done very well
" Keziah !" echoed Lady Dolly with a shudder. " How exactly
it is like your g;randmother to give you a woman called Keziah!
That horrible Fraulein one might dismiss too, don't you think ?
You are old enough to do without her, and you shall have a nice
French maid; Adrienne will soon find one."
The girl's eyes dilated with fear.
" Oh ! pray do not send away the Fraulein I We are now in
the conic sections."
" The what ? " said Lady Dolly.
" I mean I could not go on in science or mathematics without
!ier, and besides, she is so good,"
"Mathematics! science! why, what can you want to make
yourself hateful for, like a Girton College guy ? "
" I want to know things; pray do not send away the Fraulein."
Lady Dolly, who was at heart very good-natured when her own
comfort was not too much interfered with, patted her cheek and
" What should you want to know ?—know how to dress, how
to curtsey, how to look your best; that is all you want to know.
Believe me, men will ask nothing more of you. As for your
hideous Schroder, I think her the most odious person in existence,