The Maid of Maiden Lane eBook

Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
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“I hear that Rem is greatly taken with Boston, and thinks of opening an office there.”

“Very prudent of Rem.  What chance has he in New York with Hamilton and Burr, to carry off all the big prey?  Make your arrangements as soon as possible to leave New York.”

“You are sure that you are right in choosing Philadelphia?”

“Yes—­while Hyde is in New York.  Write to your brother to-day; and as soon as Cornelia is a little stronger, I will go with you to Philadelphia.”

“And stay with us?”

“That is not to be expected.  I have too much to do here,”



One morning soon after the New Year, Hyde was returning to the Manor House from New York.  It was a day to oppress thought, and tighten the heart, and kill all hope and energy.  There was a monotonous rain and a sky like that of a past age—­solemn and leaden—­and the mud of the roads was unspeakable.  He was compelled to ride slowly and to feel in its full force, as it were, the hostility of Nature.  As he reached his home the rain ceased, and a thick mist, with noiseless entrance, pervaded all the environment; but no life, or sound of life, broke the melancholy sense of his utter desolation.

He took the road by the lake because it was the nearest road to the stables, where he wished to alight; but the sight of the livid water, and of the herons standing motionless under the huge cedars by its frozen edges, brought to speech and expression that stifled grief, which Nature this morning had intensified, not relieved.

“Those unearthly birds!” he said petulantly, “they look as if they had escaped the deluge by some mistake.  Oh if I could forget!  If I could only forget!  And now she has gone!  She has gone!  I shall never see her again!  “Grief feels it a kind of luxury to repeat some supreme cry of misery, and this lamentation for his lost love had this poignant satisfaction.  He felt New York to be empty and void and dreary, and the Manor House with its physical cheer and comfort, and its store of affection, could not lift the stone from his heart.

In spite of the chilling mist the Earl had gone to see a neighbour about some land and local affairs, and his mother—­oblivious of the coronet of a countess—­was helping her housekeeper to make out the list of all household property at the beginning of the year 1792.  She seemed a little annoyed at his intrusion, and recommended to him a change of apparel.  Then he smiled at his forlorn, draggled condition, and went to his room.

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