" Family pride entertains many unsocial opinion!."
" -What is justice ?—To give every man his own."
IjAIiy Edgerton ha^ving this .standing grievance, all the
Heriots hope that she wdll cling to it, and rest satisfied
with it, and absolve them from listening to further
grumblings. But this hope proves vain. The excitement
that arises from making the work! around her uncomfort¬
able Is not to be foregone for the sake of rendering
thoroirghly miserable one human being only. The dear
old W'Oman wakes one day to a sense of the duty she owes
to her own special welfare, and seizes nobly rrpon an
opportunity ofi'ered her by the luckless Sandie to render
herself once more obnoxious to her people.
By a kind of unspoken but mutual consent, they had
one and all refrained, in the presence of her ladyship, from
tbe smallest mentiorr of the Browms or their visit to The
Chevies, their antecedents as merchants ^?(rs et simples not
being considered such as could be safely betrayed to one
-\\ hose aristocratic prejudices were a proverb.
It is about a week after the announcement of Patricia's
engagement that Lady Edgerton wonderfully relieves the
minds of her affectionate relatives by telling them that she
Intends to quit their house during the ensuing week. The
news Is received with rapture barely subdued. The whole
establishment instantly brightens into life, even the very
servants (all save the long-suftbring maid) being torrched
by the unspoken joy that permeates through the entire
In a body, as it were, they determine to make the last