MOLLY BAWN, 157
* Indeed, Been received, and all that ? Well, there's
been nothing this season to touch on her. Introduce me,
He is introduced. And Molly, smiling up at him one of
her own brightest, kindliest smiles, makes him then and
there her slave for ever. On the spot, without a second's
delay, he falls head over ears in love with her.
By degrees he gets back to Lady Stafford, and sinks upon
the sofa beside her, I say 'sinks' unadvisedly, he drops
upon the sofa, and very nearly makes havoc of the springs in
' I want to tell you who I saw in town the day before I
left—a week ago,' he says, cautiously,
' A week ago! and have you been ever since getting
' No, I did it by degrees. First I went down to the
Maplesons, and spent two days there, very slow indeed;
then I got on to the Blounts, and found it much slower
there; finally I drove to Talbot Lowry's night before last,
and stayed there until this evening. You know he lives
only three miles from this.'
' He is at home now, then ?'
' Yes. He always is at home I notice when—you are
' No 1' says Cecil, with a little faint laugh, ' You don't
say so. What a remarkable coincidence !'
' An annual coincidence. But you don't ask me who it
was I saw in London, Guess.'
'The Christy Minstrels, without doubt. They "never
perform out of London," so I suppose are the only people in
'Wrong. There was one other person—Sir Penthony
' Really 1' says Cecil, colouring warmly, and sitting in a
more upright position. ' He has returned, then ? I thought
he was in Egypt.'
' So he was, but he has come back, looking uncommon
well too, and as brown as a berry, To my thinking as good
a fellow to look at as there is in England, and a capital
fellow aU round into the bargain.'
'Dear me,' says Cecil. 'What a loss Egypt has