Thanks, Algy. Then, to proceed without circumlocution: I am afraid that, since neither you nor your wife are accustomed to domestic economy, you may possibly be spending more money than is quite prudent, without being aware of it. You say you are not disturbed by your debts; but, Algy, I hear things on this subject which are never likely to reach your ears; or not until it is too late for the knowledge of them to serve you. And I have reason to think that there is a good deal of unpleasant feeling among the Whitford tradespeople about you and yours. The only true basis of such a union is love, and I cannot love one whom I do not know. If the gentleman in question will call to-morrow I shall be pleased to receive him. 幸运彩票计划 Mrs. Errington sat holding the arms of her easy-chair with both hands, and staring at her daughter-in-law. The poor lady felt as if the world were turned upside down. It was not so long since old Maxfield had astonished her by plainly showing that he thought her of no importance, and choosing to turn her out of his house. And now, here was Castalia conducting herself in a still more amazing manner. Whilst she revolved the case in her brain鈥攎uch confused and bewildered as that organ was鈥攁nd endeavoured to come to some clear opinion on it, the younger woman got up and walked up and down the room with the restless, aimless, anxious gait of a caged animal. Barbara. How now, what鈥檚 the matter? Yes; Rhoda is a girl such as you don't see many like her. There's a young man seeking her in marriage. 鈥淲hen I first heard from Mr. Overton of the unspeakable calamity which had befallen your mother and myself, I had resolved not to see you again. I am unwilling, however, to have recourse to a measure which would deprive you of your last connecting link with respectable people. Your mother and I will see you as soon as you come out of prison; not at Battersby 鈥?we do not wish you to come down here at present 鈥?but somewhere else, probably in London. You need not shrink from seeing us; we shall not reproach you. We will then decide about your future. Now you are mine, my very own鈥攁re you not, Rhoda? To be sure! But, my dear girl, your method would never answer! I do want money, very badly. And I do hope and expect鈥攁s I think I have some right to do鈥攖hat my lord will assist us without delay, and without making one of his intolerable prosy preachments on the occasion. And we must have a few pounds to go on with, and stop the mouths of these rapacious rascals. But no retrenchment, Castalia! No 'Blue Bell' sherry! Good Heavens, it makes one bilious to think of it! I really cannot sacrifice my digestion to advance the commercial prosperity of Whitford. And when one considers it, why should we destroy our peace of mind by worrying ourselves? Lord Seely has got us into this scrape, and Lord Seely must get us out of it. Voil脿 tout! Castalia! XXI RECONSTRUCTION She flushed scarlet and rose from the table. 鈥淎ll right. Spy as much as you like. It doesn鈥檛 matter to me.鈥?