20 *AIRY FAIRY LILIAN.'
Bellairs on that day, whether I like it or not, to dine,
and sleep, and spend my time generally. The old boy
has some young dogs of which he is immensely proud,
and has been tormenting me for a month past to go and
see them. Yesterday he seized upon me again, and I
didn't quite like to refuse, he seemed so bent on getting
my opinion of the pups.'
' Why not go early, and be back in time for
' Can't, unfortunately. There is to be a dinner there
in the evening for some cousin who is coming to pay
them a visit, and I promised Harry, who doesn't shine
in conversation, to stay and make myself agreeable to
her. It's a bore rather, as I fear it will look slightly
heathenish my not being at the station to meet Miss
' Don't put yourself out about that—I'll do all I can
to make up for your loss,' says Cyril, who is eminently
good-natured, ' I'll meet her, if you wish it, and bring
' Thanks, old man ; you're awfully good. It would
look inhospitable neither of us being on the spot to bid
her welcome. Take the carriage and------'
* Oh, by Jove, I didn't bargain for the carriage. To
be smothered alive in July is not a fascinating idea.
Don't you think, mother'—in an insinuating voice—
' Miss Chesney would j^refer the dogcart or the------'
' My dear Cyril! Of course you must meet her in
the carriage,' says his mother in the shocked tone that
usually ends all disputes,
' So be it, I give in. Though when I arrive here
in the last stage of exhaustion, reclining in Miss Ches¬
ney's arms, you will be to blame,' says Cyril amiably.
' But, to return to your widow, Guy—who is to receive
' I dare say by this time she has learned to take care
of herself,' laughing. 'At all events she does not
weigh upon my conscience. Even should I consent to