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My Lady Ludlow - Chapter IX

After a pause, I ventured to ask what became of Madame de Crequy,
Clement's mother.

"She never made any inquiry about him," said my lady. "She must have
known that he was dead; though how, we never could tell. Medlicott
remembered afterwards that it was about, if not on--Medlicott to this
day declares that it was on the very Monday, June the nineteenth,
when her son was executed, that Madame de Crequy left off her rouge
and took to her bed, as one bereaved and hopeless. It certainly was
about that time; and Medlicott--who was deeply impressed by that
dream of Madame de Crequy's (the relation of which I told you had had
such an effect on my lord), in which she had seen the figure of
Virginie--as the only light object amid much surrounding darkness as
of night, smiling and beckoning Clement on--on--till at length the
bright phantom stopped, motionless, and Madame de Crequy's eyes began
to penetrate the murky darkness, and to see closing around her the
gloomy dripping walls which she had once seen and never forgotten--
the walls of the vault of the chapel of the De Crequys in Saint
Germain l'Auxerrois; and there the two last of the Crequys laid them
down among their forefathers, and Madame de Crequy had wakened to the
sound of the great door, which led to the open air, being locked upon
her--I say Medlicott, who was predisposed by this dream to look out
for the supernatural, always declared that Madame de Crequy was made
conscious in some mysterious way, of her son's death, on the very day
and hour when it occurred, and that after that she had no more
anxiety, but was only conscious of a kind of stupefying despair."

"And what became of her, my lady?" I again asked.

"What could become of her?" replied Lady Ludlow. "She never could be
induced to rise again, though she lived more than a year after her
son's departure. She kept her bed; her room darkened, her face
turned towards the wall, whenever any one besides Medlicott was in
the room. She hardly ever spoke, and would have died of starvation
but for Medlicott's tender care, in putting a morsel to her lips
every now and then, feeding her, in fact, just as an old bird feeds
her young ones. In the height of summer my lord and I left London.
We would fain have taken her with us into Scotland, but the doctor
(we had the old doctor from Leicester Square) forbade her removal;
and this time he gave such good reasons against it that I acquiesced.
Medlicott and a maid were left with her. Every care was taken of
her. She survived till our return. Indeed, I thought she was in
much the same state as I had left her in, when I came back to London.
But Medlicott spoke of her as much weaker; and one morning on
awakening, they told me she was dead. I sent for Medlicott, who was
in sad distress, she had become so fond of her charge. She said
that, about two o'clock, she had been awakened by unusual
restlessness on Madame de Crequy's part; that she had gone to her
bedside, and found the poor lady feebly but perpetually moving her
wasted arm up and down--and saying to herself in a wailing voice: 'I
did not bless him when he left me--I did not bless him when he left
me!' Medlicott gave her a spoonful or two of jelly, and sat by her,
stroking her hand, and soothing her till she seemed to fall asleep.
But in the morning she was dead."

"It is a sad story, your ladyship," said I, after a while.

"Yes it is. People seldom arrive at my age without having watched
the beginning, middle, and end of many lives and many fortunes. We
do not talk about them, perhaps; for they are often so sacred to us,
from having touched into the very quick of our own hearts, as it
were, or into those of others who are dead and gone, and veiled over
from human sight, that we cannot tell the tale as if it was a mere
story. But young people should remember that we have had this solemn
experience of life, on which to base our opinions and form our
judgments, so that they are not mere untried theories. I am not
alluding to Mr. Horner just now, for he is nearly as old as I am--
within ten years, I dare say--but I am thinking of Mr. Gray, with his
endless plans for some new thing--schools, education, Sabbaths, and
what not. Now he has not seen what all this leads to."

"It is a pity he has not heard your ladyship tell the story of poor
Monsieur de Crequy."

"Not at all a pity, my dear. A young man like him, who, both by
position and age, must have had his experience confined to a very
narrow circle, ought not to set up his opinion against mine; he ought
not to require reasons from me, nor to need such explanation of my
arguments (if I condescend to argue), as going into relation of the
circumstances on which my arguments are based in my own mind, would

"But, my lady, it might convince him," I said, with perhaps
injudicious perseverance.

"And why should he be convinced?" she asked, with gentle inquiry in
her tone. "He has only to acquiesce. Though he is appointed by Mr.
Croxton, I am the lady of the manor, as he must know. But it is with
Mr. Horner that I must have to do about this unfortunate lad Gregson.
I am afraid there will be no method of making him forget his unlucky
knowledge. His poor brains will be intoxicated with the sense of his
powers, without any counterbalancing principles to guide him. Poor
fellow! I am quite afraid it will end in his being hanged!"

The next day Mr. Horner came to apologize and explain. He was
evidently--as I could tell from his voice, as he spoke to my lady in
the next room--extremely annoyed at her ladyship's discovery of the
education he had been giving to this boy. My lady spoke with great
authority, and with reasonable grounds of complaint. Mr. Horner was
well acquainted with her thoughts on the subject, and had acted in
defiance of her wishes. He acknowledged as much, and should on no
account have done it, in any other instance, without her leave.

"Which I could never have granted you," said my lady.

But this boy had extraordinary capabilities; would, in fact, have
taught himself much that was bad, if he had not been rescued, and
another direction given to his powers. And in all Mr. Horner had
done, he had had her ladyship's service in view. The business was
getting almost beyond his power, so many letters and so much account-
keeping was required by the complicated state in which things were.

Lady Ludlow felt what was coming--a reference to the mortgage for the
benefit of my lord's Scottish estates, which, she was perfectly
aware, Mr. Horner considered as having been a most unwise proceeding-
-and she hastened to observe--"All this may be very true, Mr. Horner,
and I am sure I should be the last person to wish you to overwork or
distress yourself; but of that we will talk another time. What I am
now anxious to remedy is, if possible, the state of this poor little
Gregson's mind. Would not hard work in the fields be a wholesome and
excellent way of enabling him to forget?"

"I was in hopes, my lady, that you would have permitted me to bring
him up to act as a kind of clerk," said Mr. Horner, jerking out his
project abruptly.

"A what?" asked my lady, in infinite surprise.

"A kind of--of assistant, in the way of copying letters and doing up
accounts. He is already an excellent penman and very quick at

"Mr. Horner," said my lady, with dignity, "the son of a poacher and
vagabond ought never to have been able to copy letters relating to
the Hanbury estates; and, at any rate, he shall not. I wonder how it
is that, knowing the use he has made of his power of reading a
letter, you should venture to propose such an employment for him as
would require his being in your confidence, and you the trusted agent
of this family. Why, every secret (and every ancient and honourable
family has its secrets, as you know, Mr. Horner) would be learnt off
by heart, and repeated to the first comer!"

"I should have hoped to have trained him, my lady, to understand the
rules of discretion."

"Trained! Train a barn-door fowl to be a pheasant, Mr. Horner! That
would be the easier task. But you did right to speak of discretion
rather than honour. Discretion looks to the consequences of actions-
-honour looks to the action itself, and is an instinct rather than a
virtue. After all, it is possible you might have trained him to be

Mr. Horner was silent. My lady was softened by his not replying, and
began as she always did in such cases, to fear lest she had been too
harsh. I could tell that by her voice and by her next speech, as
well as if I had seen her face.

"But I am sorry you are feeling the pressure of the affairs: I am
quite aware that I have entailed much additional trouble upon you by
some of my measures: I must try and provide you with some suitable
assistance. Copying letters and doing up accounts, I think you

Mr. Horner had certainly had a distant idea of turning the little
boy, in process of time, into a clerk; but he had rather urged this
possibility of future usefulness beyond what he had at first
intended, in speaking of it to my lady as a palliation of his
offence, and he certainly was very much inclined to retract his
statement that the letter-writing, or any other business, had
increased, or that he was in the slightest want of help of any kind,
when my lady after a pause of consideration, suddenly said -

"I have it. Miss Galindo will, I am sure, be glad to assist you. I
will speak to her myself. The payment we should make to a clerk
would be of real service to her!"

I could hardly help echoing Mr. Horner's tone of surprise as he said

"Miss Galindo!"

For, you must be told who Miss Galindo was; at least, told as much as
I know. Miss Galindo had lived in the village for many years,
keeping house on the smallest possible means, yet always managing to
maintain a servant. And this servant was invariably chosen because
she had some infirmity that made her undesirable to every one else.
I believe Miss Galindo had had lame and blind and hump-backed maids.
She had even at one time taken in a girl hopelessly gone in
consumption, because if not she would have had to go to the
workhouse, and not have had enough to eat. Of course the poor
creature could not perform a single duty usually required of a
servant, and Miss Galindo herself was both servant and nurse.

Her present maid was scarcely four feet high, and bore a terrible
character for ill-temper. Nobody but Miss Galindo would have kept
her; but, as it was, mistress and servant squabbled perpetually, and
were, at heart, the best of friends. For it was one of Miss
Galindo's peculiarities to do all manner of kind and self-denying
actions, and to say all manner of provoking things. Lame, blind,
deformed, and dwarf, all came in for scoldings without number: it
was only the consumptive girl that never had heard a sharp word. I
don't think any of her servants liked her the worse for her peppery
temper, and passionate odd ways, for they knew her real and beautiful
kindness of heart: and, besides, she had so great a turn for humour
that very often her speeches amused as much or more than they
irritated; and on the other side, a piece of witty impudence from her
servant would occasionally tickle her so much and so suddenly, that
she would burst out laughing in the middle of her passion.

But the talk about Miss Galindo's choice and management of her
servants was confined to village gossip, and had never reached my
Lady Ludlow's ears, though doubtless Mr. Horner was well acquainted
with it. What my lady knew of her amounted to this. It was the
custom in those days for the wealthy ladies of the county to set on
foot a repository, as it was called, in the assize-town. The
ostensible manager of this repository was generally a decayed
gentlewoman, a clergyman's widow, or so forth. She was, however,
controlled by a committee of ladies; and paid by them in proportion
to the amount of goods she sold; and these goods were the small
manufactures of ladies of little or no fortune, whose names, if they
chose it, were only signified by initials.

Poor water-colour drawings, indigo and Indian ink; screens,
ornamented with moss and dried leaves; paintings on velvet, and such
faintly ornamental works were displayed on one side of the shop. It
was always reckoned a mark of characteristic gentility in the
repository, to have only common heavy-framed sash-windows, which
admitted very little light, so I never was quite certain of the merit
of these Works of Art as they were entitled. But, on the other side,
where the Useful Work placard was put up, there was a great variety
of articles, of whose unusual excellence every one might judge. Such
fine sewing, and stitching, and button-holing! Such bundles of soft
delicate knitted stockings and socks; and, above all, in Lady
Ludlow's eyes, such hanks of the finest spun flaxen thread!

And the most delicate dainty work of all was done by Miss Galindo, as
Lady Ludlow very well knew. Yet, for all their fine sewing, it
sometimes happened that Miss Galindo's patterns were of an old-
fashioned kind; and the dozen night-caps, maybe, on the materials for
which she had expended bona-fide money, and on the making-up, no
little time and eye-sight, would lie for months in a yellow neglected
heap; and at such times, it was said, Miss Galindo was more amusing
than usual, more full of dry drollery and humour; just as at the
times when an order came in to X. (the initial she had chosen) for a
stock of well-paying things, she sat and stormed at her servant as
she stitched away. She herself explained her practice in this way:-

"When everything goes wrong, one would give up breathing if one could
not lighten ones heart by a joke. But when I've to sit still from
morning till night, I must have something to stir my blood, or I
should go off into an apoplexy; so I set to, and quarrel with Sally."

Such were Miss Galindo's means and manner of living in her own house.
Out of doors, and in the village, she was not popular, although she
would have been sorely missed had she left the place. But she asked
too many home questions (not to say impertinent) respecting the
domestic economies (for even the very poor liked to spend their bit
of money their own way), and would open cupboards to find out hidden
extravagances, and question closely respecting the weekly amount of
butter, till one day she met with what would have been a rebuff to
any other person, but which she rather enjoyed than otherwise.

She was going into a cottage, and in the doorway met the good woman
chasing out a duck, and apparently unconscious of her visitor.

"Get out, Miss Galindo!" she cried, addressing the duck. "Get out!
O, I ask your pardon," she continued, as if seeing the lady for the
first time. "It's only that weary duck will come in. Get out Miss
Gal- " (to the duck).

"And so you call it after, me, do you?" inquired her visitor.

"O, yes, ma'am; my master would have it so, for he said, sure enough
the unlucky bird was always poking herself where she was not wanted."

"Ha, ha! very good! And so your master is a wit, is he? Well! tell
him to come up and speak to me to-night about my parlour chimney, for
there is no one like him for chimney doctoring."

And the master went up, and was so won over by Miss Galindo's merry
ways, and sharp insight into the mysteries of his various kinds of
business (he was a mason, chimney-sweeper, and ratcatcher), that he
came home and abused his wife the next time she called the duck the
name by which he himself had christened her.

But odd as Miss Galindo was in general, she could be as well-bred a
lady as any one when she chose. And choose she always did when my
Lady Ludlow was by. Indeed, I don't know the man, woman, or child,
that did not instinctively turn out its best side to her ladyship.
So she had no notion of the qualities which, I am sure, made Mr.
Horner think that Miss Galindo would be most unmanageable as a clerk,
and heartily wish that the idea had never come into my lady's head.
But there it was; and he had annoyed her ladyship already more than
he liked to-day, so he could not directly contradict her, but only
urge difficulties which he hoped might prove insuperable. But every
one of them Lady Ludlow knocked down. Letters to copy? Doubtless.
Miss Galindo could come up to the Hall; she should have a room to
herself; she wrote a beautiful hand; and writing would save her
eyesight. "Capability with regard to accounts?" My lady would
answer for that too; and for more than Mr. Horner seemed to think it
necessary to inquire about. Miss Galindo was by birth and breeding a
lady of the strictest honour, and would, if possible, forget the
substance of any letters that passed through her hands; at any rate,
no one would ever hear of them again from her. "Remuneration?" Oh!
as for that, Lady Ludlow would herself take care that it was managed
in the most delicate manner possible. She would send to invite Miss
Galindo to tea at the Hall that very afternoon, if Mr. Horner would
only give her ladyship the slightest idea of the average length of
time that my lady was to request Miss Galindo to sacrifice to her
daily. "Three hours! Very well." Mr. Horner looked very grave as
he passed the windows of the room where I lay. I don't think he
liked the idea of Miss Galindo as a clerk.

Lady Ludlow's invitations were like royal commands. Indeed, the
village was too quiet to allow the inhabitants to have many evening
engagements of any kind. Now and then, Mr. and Mrs. Horner gave a
tea and supper to the principal tenants and their wives, to which the
clergyman was invited, and Miss Galindo, Mrs. Medlicott, and one or
two other spinsters and widows. The glory of the supper-table on
these occasions was invariably furnished by her ladyship: it was a
cold roasted peacock, with his tail stuck out as if in life. Mrs.
Medlicott would take up the whole morning arranging the feathers in
the proper semicircle, and was always pleased with the wonder and
admiration it excited. It was considered a due reward and fitting
compliment to her exertions that Mr. Horner always took her in to
supper, and placed her opposite to the magnificent dish, at which she
sweetly smiled all the time they were at table. But since Mrs.
Horner had had the paralytic stroke these parties had been given up;
and Miss Galindo wrote a note to Lady Ludlow in reply to her
invitation, saying that she was entirely disengaged, and would have
great pleasure in doing herself the honour of waiting upon her

Whoever visited my lady took their meals with her, sitting on the
dais, in the presence of all my former companions. So I did not see
Miss Galindo until some time after tea; as the young gentlewomen had
had to bring her their sewing and spinning, to hear the remarks of so
competent a judge. At length her ladyship brought her visitor into
the room where I lay,--it was one of my bad days, I remember,--in
order to have her little bit of private conversation. Miss Galindo
was dressed in her best gown, I am sure, but I had never seen
anything like it except in a picture, it was so old-fashioned. She
wore a white muslin apron, delicately embroidered, and put on a
little crookedly, in order, as she told us, even Lady Ludlow, before
the evening was over, to conceal a spot whence the colour had been
discharged by a lemon-stain. This crookedness had an odd effect,
especially when I saw that it was intentional; indeed, she was so
anxious about her apron's right adjustment in the wrong place, that
she told us straight out why she wore it so, and asked her ladyship
if the spot was properly hidden, at the same time lifting up her
apron and showing her how large it was.

"When my father was alive, I always took his right arm, so, and used
to remove any spotted or discoloured breadths to the left side, if it
was a walking-dress. That's the convenience of a gentleman. But
widows and spinsters must do what they can. Ah, my dear (to me)!
when you are reckoning up the blessings in your lot,--though you may
think it a hard one in some respects,--don't forget how little your
stockings want darning, as you are obliged to lie down so much! I
would rather knit two pairs of stockings than darn one, any day."

"Have you been doing any of your beautiful knitting lately?" asked my
lady, who had now arranged Miss Galindo in the pleasantest chair, and
taken her own little wicker-work one, and, having her work in her
hands, was ready to try and open the subject.

"No, and alas! your ladyship. It is partly the hot weather's fault,
for people seem to forget that winter must come; and partly, I
suppose, that every one is stocked who has the money to pay four-and-
sixpence a pair for stockings."

"Then may I ask if you have any time in your active days at liberty?"
said my lady, drawing a little nearer to her proposal, which I fancy
she found it a little awkward to make.

"Why, the village keeps me busy, your ladyship, when I have neither
knitting or sewing to do. You know I took X. for my letter at the
repository, because it stands for Xantippe, who was a great scold in
old times, as I have learnt. But I'm sure I don't know how the world
would get on without scolding, your ladyship. It would go to sleep,
and the sun would stand still."

"I don't think I could bear to scold, Miss Galindo," said her
ladyship, smiling.

"No! because your ladyship has people to do it for you. Begging your
pardon, my lady, it seems to me the generality of people may be
divided into saints, scolds, and sinners. Now, your ladyship is a
saint, because you have a sweet and holy nature, in the first place;
and have people to do your anger and vexation for you, in the second
place. And Jonathan Walker is a sinner, because he is sent to
prison. But here am I, half way, having but a poor kind of
disposition at best, and yet hating sin, and all that leads to it,
such as wasting, and extravagance, and gossiping,--and yet all this
lies right under my nose in the village, and I am not saint enough to
be vexed at it; and so I scold. And though I had rather be a saint,
yet I think I do good in my way."

"No doubt you do, dear Miss Galindo," said Lady Ludlow. "But I am
sorry to hear that there is so much that is bad going on in the
village,--very sorry."

"O, your ladyship! then I am sorry I brought it out. It was only by
way of saying, that when I have no particular work to do at home, I
take a turn abroad, and set my neighbours to rights, just by way of
steering clear of Satan.

For Satan finds some mischief still
For idle hands to do,

you know, my lady."

There was no leading into the subject by delicate degrees, for Miss
Galindo was evidently so fond of talking, that, if asked a question,
she made her answer so long, that before she came to an end of it,
she had wandered far away from the original starting point. So Lady
Ludlow plunged at once into what she had to say.

"Miss Galindo, I have a great favour to ask of you."

"My lady, I wish I could tell you what a pleasure it is to hear you
say so," replied Miss Galindo, almost with tears in her eyes; so glad
were we all to do anything for her ladyship, which could be called a
free service and not merely a duty.

"It is this. Mr. Horner tells me that the business-letters, relating
to the estate, are multiplying so much that he finds it impossible to
copy them all himself, and I therefore require the services of some
confidential and discreet person to copy these letters, and
occasionally to go through certain accounts. Now, there is a very
pleasant little sitting-room very near to Mr. Horner's office (you
know Mr. Horner's office--on the other side of the stone hall?), and
if I could prevail upon you to come here to breakfast and afterwards
sit there for three hours every morning, Mr. Horner should bring or
send you the papers--"

Lady Ludlow stopped. Miss Galindo's countenance had fallen. There
was some great obstacle in her mind to her wish for obliging Lady

"What would Sally do?" she asked at length. Lady Ludlow had not a
notion who Sally was. Nor if she had had a notion, would she have
had a conception of the perplexities that poured into Miss Galindo's
mind, at the idea of leaving her rough forgetful dwarf without the
perpetual monitorship of her mistress. Lady Ludlow, accustomed to a
household where everything went on noiselessly, perfectly, and by
clock-work, conducted by a number of highly-paid, well-chosen, and
accomplished servants, had not a conception of the nature of the
rough material from which her servants came. Besides, in her
establishment, so that the result was good, no one inquired if the
small economies had been observed in the production. Whereas every
penny--every halfpenny, was of consequence to Miss Galindo; and
visions of squandered drops of milk and wasted crusts of bread filled
her mind with dismay. But she swallowed all her apprehensions down,
out of her regard for Lady Ludlow, and desire to be of service to
her. No one knows how great a trial it was to her when she thought
of Sally, unchecked and unscolded for three hours every morning. But
all she said was -

"'Sally, go to the Deuce.' I beg your pardon, my lady, if I was
talking to myself; it's a habit I have got into of keeping my tongue
in practice, and I am not quite aware when I do it. Three hours
every morning! I shall be only too proud to do what I can for your
ladyship; and I hope Mr. Horner will not be too impatient with me at
first. You know, perhaps, that I was nearly being an authoress once,
and that seems as if I was destined to 'employ my time in writing.'"

"No, indeed; we must return to the subject of the clerkship
afterwards, if you please. An authoress, Miss Galindo! You surprise

"But, indeed, I was. All was quite ready. Doctor Burney used to
teach me music: not that I ever could learn, but it was a fancy of
my poor father's. And his daughter wrote a book, and they said she
was but a very young lady, and nothing but a music-master's daughter;
so why should not I try?"


"Well! I got paper and half-a-hundred good pens, a bottle of ink,
all ready--"

"And then--"

"O, it ended in my having nothing to say, when I sat down to write.
But sometimes, when I get hold of a book, I wonder why I let such a
poor reason stop me. It does not others."

"But I think it was very well it did, Miss Galindo," said her
ladyship. "I am extremely against women usurping men's employments,
as they are very apt to do. But perhaps, after all, the notion of
writing a book improved your hand. It is one of the most legible I
ever saw."

"I despise z's without tails," said Miss Galindo, with a good deal of
gratified pride at my lady's praise. Presently, my lady took her to
look at a curious old cabinet, which Lord Ludlow had picked up at the
Hague; and while they were out of the room on this errand, I suppose
the question of remuneration was settled, for I heard no more of it.

When they came back, they were talking of Mr. Gray. Miss Galindo was
unsparing in her expressions of opinion about him: going much
farther than my lady--in her language, at least.

"A little blushing man like him, who can't say bo to a goose without
hesitating and colouring, to come to this village--which is as good a
village as ever lived--and cry us down for a set of sinners, as if we
had all committed murder and that other thing!--I have no patience
with him, my lady. And then, how is he to help us to heaven, by
teaching us our, a b, ab--b a, ba? And yet, by all accounts, that's
to save poor children's souls. O, I knew your ladyship would agree
with me. I am sure my mother was as good a creature as ever breathed
the blessed air; and if she's not gone to heaven I don't want to go
there; and she could not spell a letter decently. And does Mr. Gray
think God took note of that?"

"I was sure you would agree with me, Miss Galindo," said my lady.
"You and I can remember how this talk about education--Rousseau, and
his writings--stirred up the French people to their Reign of Terror,
and all those bloody scenes."

"I'm afraid that Rousseau and Mr. Gray are birds of a feather,"
replied Miss Galindo, shaking her head. "And yet there is some good
in the young man too. He sat up all night with Billy Davis, when his
wife was fairly worn out with nursing him."

"Did he, indeed!" said my lady, her face lighting up, as it always
did when she heard of any kind or generous action, no matter who
performed it. "What a pity he is bitten with these new revolutionary
ideas, and is so much for disturbing the established order of

When Miss Galindo went, she left so favourable an impression of her
visit on my lady, that she said to me with a pleased smile -

"I think I have provided Mr. Horner with a far better clerk than he
would have made of that lad Gregson in twenty years. And I will send
the lad to my lord's grieve, in Scotland, that he may be kept out of
harm's way."

But something happened to the lad before this purpose could be

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My Lady Ludlow - Chapter X
The next morning, Miss Galindo made her appearance, and, by somemistake, unusual to my lady's well-trained servants, was shown intothe room where I was trying to walk; for a certain amount of exercisewas prescribed for me, painful although the exertion had become.She brought a little basket along with her and while the footman wasgone to inquire my lady's wishes (for I don't think that Lady Ludlowexpected Miss Galindo so soon to assume her clerkship; nor, indeed,had Mr. Horner any work of any kind ready for his new assistant todo), she launched out into conversation with me."It was a sudden summons, my

My Lady Ludlow - Chapter VIII My Lady Ludlow - Chapter VIII

My Lady Ludlow - Chapter VIII
"Pierre went on pretending to read, but in reality listening withacute tension of ear to every little sound. His perceptions becameso sensitive in this respect that he was incapable of measuring time,every moment had seemed so full of noises, from the beating of hisheart up to the roll of the heavy carts in the distance. He wonderedwhether Virginie would have reached the place of rendezvous, and yethe was unable to compute the passage of minutes. His mother sleptsoundly: that was well. By this time Virginie must have met the'faithful cousin:' if, indeed, Morin had not made