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time before I can consider myself as sufficiently acquainted with Mr. Downe Wright, to think of him at all in that light. And even then—he may be very amiable, and yet”—hesitating—“I may not be able to love him as I ought.” “Love P’ exclaimed Lady Juliana, her eyes sparkling with anger; “I desire I may never hear that word again from any daughter of mine. I am determined I shall have no disgraceful love-marriages in the family. No well educated young woman ever thinks of such a thing now, and I won’t hear a syllable on the subject.” “I shall never marry any body, I am sure, that you disapprove of,” said Mary, timidly. “No ; I shall take care of that. I consider it the duty of parents to establish their children properly in the world, without any regard to their ideas on the subject. I
think, I must be rather a better judge of 1.
the matter than you can possibly be, and I shall therefore make a point of your forming what I consider a proper alliance. Your sister, I know, won’t hesitate to sacrifice her own affections to please me. She was most excessively attached to Lord Lindore —every body knew that; but she is convinced of the propriety of preferring the Duke of Altamont, and won’t hesitate in sacrificing her own feellings to mine. But, indeed, she has ever been all that I could wish—so perfectly beautiful, and, at the same time, so excessively affectionate and obedient. She approves entirely of your marriage with Mr. Downe Wright, as, indeed, all your friends do. I don’t include 3your friend Lady Emily in that number. I look upon her as a most improper compamion for you ; and the sooner you are separated from her the better. So now, good bye for the present: You have only to be. have as other young ladies do upon those occasions, which, by the bye, is generally to give as much trouble to their friends as they possibly can.” There are some people who, furious themselves at opposition, cannot understand the possibility of others being equally firm and decided in a gentle manner. Lady Juliana was one of those who always expect to carry their point by a raised voice and sparkling eyes; and it was with difficulty Mary, with her timidair, and gentle accents, could convince her that she was determined to judge for herself in a matter in which her happiness was so deeply involved. When at last brought to comprehend it, her Ladyship’s indignation knew no bounds; and Mary was accused in the same breath with having formed some low connection in Scotland, and of seeking to supplant her sister, by aspiring to the Duke of Altamont. And, at length, the conference ended pretty much where it began,—Lady Juliana resolved that her daughter should marry to please her, and her daughter equally resolved not to be driven into an engagement from which her heart recoiled.
“ Qu'om vante en lui la foi, l'honneur, la probité;
WHEN Mary entered the drawing-room, she found herself, without knowing how, by the side of Mr. Downe Wright. At dinner it was the same ; and, in short, it seemed an understood thing, that they were to be constantly together. There was something so gentle and unassuming in his manner, that, almost provok