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you remember me, my
leave of his host, called for his guards, mounted that was much more dignified than his land guage
“ I am Nick Chinnery, my Lord, that made
of Joan and the
à voice and look that were
the expression of Helen's eye, he had seen at the time that she was privy to Reuben's concealment; and though he felt the deep responsi
his state-coach, into which Colonel Kirk fol. lowed him, and drove away from Harpsden Hall, to the inexpressible relief of Reuben and his two young protectresses. It will not im. peach the filial affection of the latter, considering the heartless distance at which their father had always held them, and the peril to all parties that resulted from his presence, if we add, that they were both gratified when he suddenly set off upon his return to London: to which place he was summoned by some of those petty ministerial intrigues in which he was perpetually dabbling, although the ruling powers saw through his selfish motives, and despised his officious zeal. The Captain had already betaken himself to his command at Lyme, and thus Harpsden Hall was restored to the quiet it had enjoyed before the arrival of these unwelcome visitants.
Goldingham was the first person who presented himself after their departure. Fromm
Tbility he should incur by the smallest interin Eference, especially after the ferocious menaces
Jeffreys, his curiosity as well as his inte10 rest in Reuben's fate determined him to pay 13 a visit to Lady Trevanian, in the hope of is procuring a separate interview with Helen, and the per obtaining some clue to the mystery of his
nephew's present disguise and future plans. In to the former expectation he was not disappointed; ob he was enabled to converse apart with Helen,
but she would only assure him that she was no iba party, in the first instance, to Mr. Apsley's
assuming Lord Trevanian's livery ; that another person had revealed to her who he was ; that she was aware of the penalty of death to which she was liable, and resolved to encounter it rather than betray him ; but that there was no necessity for involving others in the vital responsibility that attached to herself, especially as she had already supplied him with money, which was all that Goldingham himself
“ Let this be the last time that we ever open our lips to one ano
upon the subject," said Helen, “ until we
could do for his assistance.
cán both do so with perfect safety, and when
heart and soul, for you are a woman of noble feeling, his ad and, what is much more rare, you are a woman of business, Madam; hem!" Although he thought this the very highest eulogy he could bestow, Goldingham was proceeding with other acknowledgments; but as their object' had the withdrawn, curtsying, and with her finger to her lips, he returned to his own house, determined not to leave to her the whole responsib lity, which she so generously volunteered to assume; but to prepare some plan, if possible, for his nephew's escape, and contrive to give him information of it as soon as it should be matured. What this was to be it would require time and thought to decide, but he had an unbounded confidence in the omnipotence of ma ney; and knowing his own wealth,
i he did by any means ' despair of succeeding purpose.
Though they could not succeed in this object,
Ever prone to yield to the impulse of the moment, Reuben was flattering himself upon his present comparative security, abandoning himself to the happiness of living under the same roof with Helen, and indulging in visionary hopes, and reveries, which his critical plight by no means warranted, when a new danger was threatening him, which, but for the watchful solicitude and prompt assistance of Grace, the Anabaptist girl, might have quickly given him a prison instead of Harpsden Hall, for the scene of his delusive dreams. His inexpertness in his office, his holding himself aloof
as well as his superior manners, conversation, and appearance, had combined with a variety of minute circumstances, to excite suspicion in two of his fellowservants, one of whom procured a list of the fugitives for whose apprehension a reward had been offered, and studied it with his comrade, in the hope of discovering, by the descriptions it contained, whether the pretended, butler might not be identified as a proscribed, rebel.
from the kitchen society,