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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 357 pages of information about Dynevor Terrace.
‘However, I’ll see to that,’ quoth she to herself.  And she gave herself up to the happy tea-drinking, when James was welcomed by another tumult, and was pinned down by Kitty and Salome on either side—­mamma making tea in spite of Fanny on her lap—­Mercy adhering to the new-comer—­the eager conversation—­Kitty thrusting in her little oar, and being hushed by mamma—­the grand final game at romps, ending with Isabel carrying off her little victims, one by one, to bed; and James taking the tea-tray down stairs.  Clara followed with other parts of the equipage, and then both stood together warming themselves, and gossiped over the dear old kitchen fire, till Isabel came down and found them there.  And then, before any of the grand news was discussed, all the infant marvels of the last fortnight had to be detailed; and the young parents required Clara’s opinion whether they were spoiling Kitty.

Next, Clara found her way to the cupboard, brought the shepherd and shepherdess to light, looked them well over, and satisfied herself that there was not one scar or wound on either—­nay, it is not absolutely certain that she did not kiss the damsel’s delicate pink cheek—­set them up on the mantelpiece, promised to keep them in order, and stood gazing at them till James accused her of regarding them as her penates!

‘Why, Jem!’ she said, turning on him, ’you are a mere recreant if you can feel it like home without them!’

‘I have other porcelain figures to depend on for a home!’ said James.

‘Take care, James!’ said his wife, with the fond sadness of one whose cup overflowed with happiness; ’Clara’s shepherdess may look fragile, but she has kept her youth and seen many a generation pass by of such as you depend on!’

’She once was turned out of Cheveleigh, too, and has borne it as easily aa Clara,’ said James, smiling.  ’I suspect her worst danger is from Fanny.  There’s a lady who, I warn you, can never withstand Fanny!’

Isabel took up her own defence, and they laughed on.  Poor Uncle Oliver! could he but have known how little all this had to do with Cheveleigh!

CHAPTER XX.

WESTERN TIDINGS.

O lady! worthy of earth’s proudest throne! 
Nor less, by excellence of nature, fit
Beside an unambitious hearth to sit
Domestic queen, where grandeur is unknown—­
Queen and handmaid lowly. 

          
                                              WORDSWORTH.

A house in the Terrace was let, and the rent was welcome; and shortly after, Clara had an affectionate letter from her old school-enemy, Miss Salter, begging her to come as governess to her little brother, promising that she should be treated like one of the family, and offering a large salary.

Clara was much afraid that it was her duty to accept the proposal, since her uncle seemed very fairly contented, and was growing very fond of ‘Roland,’ and the payment would be so great an assistance, but James and Isabel were strongly averse to it; and her conscience waa satisfied by Miss Mercy Faithfull’s discovery of a family at the Baths in search of a daily governess.

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