He Knew He Was Right eBook

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husband was in fault or the wife.  It was, however, clear that nothing could be done without application to the Court of Chancery.  It appeared, so said the magistrate, that the husband had offered a home to his wife, and that in offering it he had attempted to impose no conditions which could be shewn to be cruel before a judge.  The magistrate thought that Mr Trevelyan had done nothing illegal in taking the child from the cab.  Sir Marmaduke, on hearing this, was of opinion that nothing could be gained by legal interference.  His private desire was to get hold of Trevelyan and pull him limb from limb.  Lady Rowley thought that her daughter had better go back to her husband, let the future consequences be what they might.  And the poor desolate mother herself had almost brought herself to offer to do so, having in her brain some idea that she would after a while be able to escape with her boy.  As for love for her husband, certainly there was none now left in her bosom.  Nor could she teach herself to think it possible that she should ever live with him again on friendly terms.  But she would submit to anything with the object of getting back her boy.  Three or four letters were written to Mr Trevelyan in as many days from his wife, from Lady Rowley, and from Nora; in which various overtures were made.  Trevelyan wrote once again to his wife.  She knew, he said, already the terms on which she might come back.  These terms were still open to her.  As for the boy, he certainly should not leave his father.  A meeting might be planned on condition that he, Trevelyan, were provided with a written assurance from his wife that she would not endeavour to remove the boy, and that he himself should be present at the meeting.

Thus the first week was passed after Sir Marmaduke’s return, and a most wretched time it was for all the party at Gregg’s Hotel.



Nothing could be more uncomfortable than the state of Sir Marmaduke Rowley’s family for the first ten days after the arrival in London of the Governor of the Mandarin Islands.  Lady Rowley had brought with her two of her girls, the third and fourth, and, as we know, had been joined by the two eldest, so that there was a large family of ladies gathered together.  A house had been taken in Manchester Street, to which they had intended to transfer themselves after a single night passed at Gregg’s Hotel.  But the trouble and sorrow inflicted upon them by the abduction of Mrs Trevelyan’s child, and the consequent labours thrust upon Sir Marmaduke’s shoulders had been so heavy, that they had slept six nights at the hotel, before they were able to move themselves into the house prepared for them.  By that time all idea had been abandoned of recovering the child by any legal means to be taken as a consequence of the illegality of the abduction.  The boy was with his father, and the lawyers seemed to think that the

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