Varney the Vampire eBook

Thomas Peckett Prest
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“But as you cannot, doctor, there can be no good possibly done by regretting it.”

“No, certainly; I don’t mean that; utter regret is always a very foolish thing; but it’s questionable whether something might not be done in the matter, after all, for you, as it appears, by all the evidence we can collect, that it must have been Varney, after all, who jumped down upon me from the garden-wall in so sudden a manner:  and, if I the picture be valuable to him, it must be valuable to us.”

“But how are we to get it, and if we could, I do not see that it would be of much good to anybody, for, after all, it is but a painting.”

“There you go again,” said the doctor, “depreciating what you know nothing about; now, listen to me, Master Henry, and I will tell you.  That picture evidently had some sort of lining at the back, over the original canvas; and do you think I would have taken such pains to bring it away with me if that lining had not made me suspect that between it and the original picture the money, in bank notes, was deposited?”

“Had you any special reason for supposing such was the case?”

“Yes; most unquestionably I had; for when I got the picture fairly down, I found various inequalities in the surface of the back, which led me to believe that rolls of notes were deposited, and that the great mistake we had all along made was in looking behind the picture, instead of at the picture itself.  I meant immediately to have cut it to pieces when I reached here with it; but now it has got into the hands of somebody else, who knows, I suspect, as much I do.”

“It is rather provoking.”

“Rather provoking! is that the way to talk of the loss of Heaven knows how many thousands of pounds!  I am quite aggravated myself at the idea of the thing, and it puts me in a perfect fever to think of it, I can assure you.”

“But what can we do?”

“Oh!  I propose an immediate crusade against Varney, the vampyre, for who but he could have made such an attack upon me, and force me to deliver up such a valuable treasure?”

“Never heed it, doctor,” said Flora; “let it go; we have never had or enjoyed that money, so it cannot matter, and it is not to be considered as the loss of an actual possession, because we never did actually possess it.”

“Yes,” chimed in the admiral; “bother the money! what do we care about it; and, besides, Charley Holland is going to be very busy.”

“Busy!” said the doctor, “how do you mean?”

“Why, isn’t he going to be married directly to Flora, here, and am not I going to settle the whole of my property upon him on condition that he takes the name of Bell instead of Holland? for, you see, his mother was my sister, and of course her name was Bell.  As for his father Holland, it can’t matter to him now what Charley is called; and if he don’t take the name of Bell I shall be the last in the family, for I am not likely to marry, and have any little Bells about me.”

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