The Kellys and the O'Kellys eBook

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“I see.  There are, or have been, two Fanny Wyndhams—­separate persons, though both wards of your lordship.  Lord Ballindine was engaged to the girl who had a brother; but he can have no possible concern with Fanny Wyndham, the heiress, who has no brother.”

“How can you be so unfeeling?—­but you may pay your debts in your own way.  You won’t ever listen to what I have to say!  I should have thought that, as your father, I might have considered myself entitled to more respect from you.”

“Indeed, my lord, I’m all respect and attention, and I won’t say one more word till you’ve finished.”

“Well—­you must see, there can be no objection on the score of Lord Ballindine?”

“Oh, none at all.”

“And then, where could Fanny wish for a better match than yourself? it would be a great thing for her, and the match would be, in all things, so—­so respectable, and just what it ought to be; and your mother would be so delighted, and so should I, and—­”

“Her fortune would so nicely pay all my debts.”

“Exactly.  Of course, I should take care to have your present income—­five thousand a year—­settled on her, in the shape of jointure; and I’m sure that would be treating her handsomely.  The interest of her fortune would not be more than that.”

“And what should we live on?”

“Why, of course, I should continue your present allowance.”

“And you think that that which I have found so insufficient for myself, would be enough for both of us?”

“You must make it enough, Kilcullen—­in order that there may be something left to enable you to keep up your title when I am gone.”

By this time, Lord Kilcullen appeared to be as serious, and nearly as solemn, as his father, and he sat, for a considerable time, musing, till his father said, “Well, Kilcullen, will you take my advice?”

“It’s impracticable, my lord.  In the first place, the money must be paid immediately, and considerable delay must occur before I could even offer to Miss Wyndham; and, in the next place, were I to do so, I am sure she would refuse me.”

“Why; there must be some delay, of course.  But I suppose, if I passed my word, through Jervis, for so much of the debts as are immediate, that a settlement might be made whereby they might stand over for twelve months, with interest, of course.  As to refusing you, it’s not at all likely:  where would she look for a better offer?”

“I don’t know much of my cousin; but I don’t think she’s exactly the girl to take a man because he’s a good match for her.”

“Perhaps not.  But then, you know, you understand women so well, and would have such opportunities; you would be sure to make yourself agreeable to her, with very little effort on your part.”

“Yes, poor thing—­she would be delivered over, ready bound, into the lion’s den.”  And then the young man sat silent again, for some time, turning the matter over in his mind.  At last, he said,—­

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