*AIRY FAIRY LILIAN.' 1
since I have been old enough to reason I have looked
with righteous horror upon a well-regulated family.
Aunt Priscilla, if you don't change your tune I vow and
protest I shall decide upon remaining here until my
cousin takes me by the shoulders and places me upon
the gravel outside.'
* I thought, Lilian,' says her aunt severely,' you
promised me yesterday to think seriously of what I
have now been saying to you for a whole week without
' Well, so I am thinking,' with a sigh. ' It is the
amount of thinking I have been doing for a whole
week without cessation that is gradually turning my
' It would be all very well,' says Miss Priscilla, im¬
patiently, ' if I could remain with you, but I cannot.
I must return to my duties.' These duties consisted
of persecuting poor little children every Sunday by
compelling them to attend her Scriptural class (so she
called it) and answer such questions from the Old
Testament as would have driven any experienced
divinity student out of his mind; and on week days
of causing much sorrow (and more bad language) to
be disseminated amongst the women of the district by
reason of her lectures on their dirt. ' And your cousin
is in London, and naturally will wish to take possession
' How I wish poor papa had left the Park to me !'
says Lilian discontentedly and somewhat irrelevantly.
' My dear child, I have explained to you at least a
dozen times that such a gift was not in his power. It
goes—that is, the Park—to a male heir, and-------'
' Yes, I know,' petulantly. ' Well, then—I wish
it had been in his power to leave it to me.'
' And how about writing to Lady Chetwoode ? '
says Aunt Priscilla, giving up the argument in despair.
(She is a wise woman.) ' The sooner you do so the