MOLLY BAWN. 169
* Is yours a good part ?' Bitterly.
' You are the best judge of that,' returns she haughtily.
' If you do not think so why keep to our engagement ? If
you wish to break it you need fear no opposition from me.'
So saying, she sweeps past him and enters the house.
Yet, in spite of her anger and offended pride, her eyes
are wet and her hands trembUng as she reaches CecU's
room and lays the snow-white flowers upon her table.
Cecil is stiU lying comfortably ensconced amongst her
pillows, but has sufficient wakefulness about her to notice
' You have been quarrelling, ma belle,' she says, raising
herself on her elbow; ' don't deny it. Was it with Marcia
or Tedcastle ?'
' Tedcastle,' Molly replies, laughing against her will at
the other's shrewdness, and in consequence wiping away a
few tears directly afterwards, 'It is nothing; but he is
really intolerably jealous, and I can't and won't put up
' 0 that someone was jealous about me !' says CecU,
with a prolonged sigh, ' Go on.'
' It was nothing, I tell you. All because PhUip kindly
picked a little bit of dust out of my eye.'
' How good of PhUip ! considering all the dust you have
thrown into his of late. And Ted objected ? *
' Yes, and was very rude into the bargain, I wouldn't
have believed it of him,'
'Well, you know yourself you have been going on any¬
how with PhiUp during the past few days.'
' Oh, Cecil, how can you say so ? Am I to turn my
back on him when he comes to speak to me ? And even
supposing I had flirted egregiously with him (which is not
the case), is that a reason why one is to be scolded and
abused, and have all sorts of the most dreadful things said
to one?' (I leave my readers to deplore the glaring
exaggeration of this speech.) 'He looked, too, as if he
could have eaten me then and there, I know this, I shan't
forgive him in a hurry,'
' Poor Ted ! I expect he doesn't have much of a time with
you,' says Cecil, shaking her head,
' Are you laughing at me ? ' cries MoUy wrathfully,
' Then make ready for death,' And taking the smaller