6 MOLLY BAWN.
' Gourmand !' says Letitia, with the smile she reserves
alone for him.
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' I don't believe he is coming at all,' saj^s Molly pettishly,
coming out from the cuitains of the window, and advancing
straight into the middle of the room.
Under the chandelier, that has been so effectively touched
up for this recreant knight, she stands bathed in the soft
light of the many candles that beam down with mild kindli¬
ness upon her. It seems as though they love to rest upon
her; to add yet one more charm, if it may be, to the sweet,
gi'aceful figure, the half-angry, wholly charming attitude,
the tender, lovable, fresh young face.
Her eyes, large, dark, and blue—true Irish eyes, that
bespeak her father's race—shine with a steady clearness.
They do not sparkle, they are hai'dly brilliant; they look
forth at one -n-ith an expression so soft, so earnest, yet withal
so merry, as would make one stake their all on the sure fact
that the heart within her mu.st be golden.
Her nutbrown hair, drawn back from her low brow into
a loose coil behind, is enriched here and there with httle
sunny tresses, while across her forehead a few wavy locks—
veritable lovelocks, in Molly's case—wander idly, not as of
a set purpose, but rather as though they have there drifted
of their own gay will.
Upon her cheeks no roses lie—unless they bo the vci-y
creamiest roses that ever eye beheld. She is ab.solutely
without colour, uutil such occasions rise as when grief or glad¬
ness touch her and dye her lovely skin with their red glow.
But it is her mouth —at once her betrayer and her chief
chai'm—that one loves. In amongst its many curves lies
all her wickedness—the beautiful mouth so full of mockery,
laiighter, fun, a certain decision, and tenderness unspeak¬
She smiles, and all her face is as one perfect sunbeam.
Surely ne\ er has she looked so lovely. The smile dies, her
lips close, a pensive sweetness creeps around them, and one
terms oneself a fatuous fool to have deemed her at her best
a moment since; and so on through all the many changes
that only serve to show how countless is her store of hidden