The Kellys and the O'Kellys eBook

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My ward’s fortune was then not very considerable; and, actuated by an uncle’s affection for his niece as well as a guardian’s caution for his ward, I conceived it my duty to ascertain whether a withdrawal from the engagement in contemplation between Miss Wyndham and yourself would be detrimental to her happiness.  I found that my ward’s views agreed with my own.  She thought her own fortune insufficient, seeing that your habits were then expensive:  and, perhaps, not truly knowing the intensity of her own affection, she coincided in my views.  You are acquainted with the result.  These causes have operated in inducing me to hope that I may still welcome you by the hand as my dear niece’s husband.  Her fortune is very greatly increased; your character is—­I will not say altered—­is now fixed and established.  And, lastly and chiefly, I find—­I blush, my lord, to tell a lady’s secret—­that my ward’s happiness still depends on you.
I am sure, my dear lord, I need not say more.  We shall be delighted to see you at your earliest convenience.  We wish that you could have come to us before your friend left, but I regret to learn from him that his parochial duties preclude the possibility of his staying with us beyond Thursday.

   I shall anxiously wait for your reply.  In the meantime I beg to
   assure you, with the joint kind remembrances of all our party, that
   I am,

   Most faithfully yours,

   CASHEL.

Mr Armstrong descended to the drawing-room, before dinner, looking most respectable, with a stiff white tie and the new suit expressly prepared for the occasion.  He was introduced to Lady Cashel and Lady Selina as a valued friend of Lord Ballindine, and was received, by the former at least, in a most flattering manner.  Lady Selina had hardly reconciled herself to the return of Lord Ballindine.  It was from no envy at her cousin’s happiness; she was really too high-minded, and too falsely proud, also, to envy anyone.  But it was the harsh conviction of her mind, that no duties should be disregarded, and that all duties were disagreeable:  she was always opposed to the doing of anything which appeared to be the especial wish of the person consulting her; because it would be agreeable, she judged that it would be wrong.  She was most sincerely anxious for her poor dependents, but she tormented them most cruelly.  When Biddy Finn wished to marry, Lady Selina told her it was her duty to put a restraint on her inclinations; and ultimately prevented her, though there was no objection on earth to Tony Mara; and when the widow Cullen wanted to open a little shop for soap and candles, having eight pounds ten shillings left to stock it, after the wake and funeral were over, Lady Selina told the widow it was her duty to restrain her inclination, and she did so; and the eight pounds ten shillings drifted away in quarters of tea, and most probably, half noggins of whiskey.

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