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Chapter Twelve. Peggy in Trouble.

鈥淪he thinks I like sitting shivering here! I slave, and slave, from morning till night, and then people think I am sulky! I am not working for myself. I don鈥檛 want the wretched old ten pounds; I could have ten pounds to-morrow if I needed it. Mother said I could. I am working to help Rob, and now I shall have to sit up later, and get up earlier than ever, as I mayn鈥檛 work during the day. Mellicent said I was never with them, did she! I don鈥檛 see that it matters whether I am there or not! They don鈥檛 want me; nobody wants me, now that Rosalind has come! I hate Rosalind鈥攏asty, smirking, conceited thing!鈥 and Peggy jerked the towel off the writing-table and flicked it violently to and fro in the air, just as a little relief to her overcharged feelings.u影魅力 现金真人赌博网站现金真人赌博网站现金真人赌博网站

现金真人赌博网站The vicar sat in the arm-chair by the fire, Shakespeare in hand, waiting to fill in the odd parts with his wife鈥檚 help, and simultaneous cries of astonishment and admiration greeted the appearance of the two actors at the beginning of the first scene.现金真人赌博网站鈥淚diotic, I call it! 鈥楽cene from the Goodchild family; mamma reading aloud to the little ones.鈥 Couldn鈥檛 possibly look easy and natural under the circumstances; should feel too miserable. Try again, my dear. You must think of something better than that.鈥濃淢iss Peggy is not in her room, ma鈥檃m.鈥澫纸鹫嫒硕牟┩

现金真人赌博网站Even Mrs Asplin, however, hardly realised the thoroughness with which the girls were setting to work to achieve their end. They held a committee meeting on Esther鈥檚 bed, sitting perched together in attitudes of inelegant comfort, with arms encircling their knees, and chins resting on the clasped hands, wherein it was proposed and seconded that Peggy, the artistic, should pose and take the sitters, while Esther, the accurate, should undertake the after-processes.现金真人赌博网站

Peggy smiled in a patient, forbearing manner.现金真人赌博网站鈥淭hanks!鈥 said Peggy meekly. 鈥淏ut, oh, I beseech of you, don鈥檛 bring up the subject if you can help it! I鈥檓 tired to death of it all! The kindest thing you can do is to talk hard about something else, and give them a fresh excitement to think about. Talk about鈥攁bout鈥攁bout Rosalind if you will; anything will do鈥攐nly, for pity鈥檚 sake, leave me alone, and pretend there is not such a thing in the world as a calendar!鈥澫纸鹫嫒硕牟┩維he stopped short, and there was a gasp of interest and commiseration among the listeners. Peggy caught it; she glanced sharply at the vicar鈥檚 face, saw its sternness replaced by a momentary softness, and was quick to make the most of her opportunity. Out flew the dramatic little hand, her eyes flashed, her voice thrilled with suppressed excitement.

中国青稞酒交易网 现金真人赌博网站鈥淗a!鈥 said Peggy to herself, and took a step forward, only to draw back in dismay, as a light laugh reached her ear, followed by Rosalind鈥檚 careless鈥斚纸鹫嫒硕牟┩锯淲ell, well, I will write to your father and see what he has to say. I can promise the lad a start at least, and after that his future will be in his own hands, where I think we may safely leave it. Master Arthur is one of the fortunate being鈥檚 who has an 鈥榦pen sesame鈥 to all hearts. Mr Asplin assures me that he is as good at work as at play; I have not seen that side of his character, but he has always left a most pleasing impression on my mind, most pleasing.鈥 The old lord smiled to himself, and his eyes took a dreamy expression, as if he were recalling to memory the handsome face and strong manly presence of the young fellow of whom he was speaking. 鈥淗e has been a favourite at our house for some years now, and I shall be glad to do him a service; but remember, Peggy, that when I propose this help, it is, in the first instance at least, for your sake, not his. I tell you this because I think it will give you pleasure to feel that you have been the means of helping your brother. Talk it over with him some time when you are alone together, and then he can come up and see me. To-day we must leave business alone. Here they come! I thought they would not be long after us鈥斺

现金真人赌博网站Esther and Mellicent discussed seriously together as to whether they liked, or disliked, this extraordinary creature, and had great difficulty in coming to a conclusion. She teased, puzzled, aggravated, and provoked them; therefore, if they had any claim to be logical, they should dislike her cordially, yet somehow or other they could not bring themselves to say that they disliked Mariquita. There were moments when they came perilously near loving the aggravating creature. Already it gave them quite a shock to look back upon the time when there was no Peggy Saville to occupy their thoughts, and life without the interest of her presence would have seemed unspeakably flat and uninteresting. She was a bundle of mystery. Even her looks seemed to exercise an uncanny fascination. On the evening of her arrival the unanimous opinion had been that she was decidedly plain, but there was something about the pale little face which always seemed to invite a second glance, and the more closely you gazed, the more complete was the feeling of satisfaction.Instantly there arose a duet of protests.

鈥淒ear boy!鈥澫纸鹫嫒硕牟┩鞠纸鹫嫒硕牟┩锯淎h! I thought that would decide it. I knew your soft heart would not be able to resist the thought of the delicate throat! Well, dear, if you are willing, so am I. I am glad to make hay while the sun shines, and lay by a little provision for the children. How will they take it, do you think? They are accustomed to strange boys, but a girl will be a new experience. She will come at once, I suppose, and settle down to work for the autumn. Dear me! dear me! It is the unexpected that happens. I hope she is a nice child.鈥澫纸鹫嫒硕牟┩

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Robert did not make his appearance next morning, and his absence seemed to give fresh ground for the expectation that Lady Darcy would drive over with him in the afternoon and pay a call at the vicarage.鈥淚 know! I know!鈥 she said brokenly. 鈥淚 ache for you, dear; but I understand! I have parted with a child of my own鈥攏ot for a few years, but for ever, till we meet again in God鈥檚 heaven. I鈥檒l help you every way I can. I鈥檒l watch her night and day; I鈥檒l coddle her when she鈥檚 ill; I鈥檒l try to make her a good woman. I鈥檒l love her, dear, and she shall be my own special charge. I鈥檒l be a second mother to her.鈥

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鈥淭ooth! what tooth? Oh, I think she did have a little twinge one night; but it鈥檚 not the dentist whom she is really going to see. That鈥檚 only an excuse. She really wants to go to some parties,鈥 said Rosalind lightly; whereat her brother scowled at her under heavy brows.

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Nobody gave her the cake for which she had asked. Peggy considered it exceedingly rude and ill-bred; but while she was thinking of it she grew tired again, and, rolling round into a soft little bundle among the blankets, fell afresh into sweet refreshing slumbers.鈥淗ow s-imply lovely!鈥 she sighed. 鈥淚 wish I were you! I鈥檇 like to go to bed in November and stay there till May. In a room like this, of course, with everything beautiful and dainty, and a maid to wait upon me. I鈥檇 have a fire and an india-rubber hot-water bottle, and I鈥檇 lie and sleep, and wake up every now and then, and make the maid read aloud, and bring me my meals on a tray. Nice meals! Real, nice invalidy things, you know, to tempt my appetite.鈥 Mellicent鈥檚 eyes rolled instinctively to the table, where the jelly and the grapes stood together in tempting proximity. She sighed, and brought herself back with an effort to the painful present. 鈥淕oodness, Peggy, how funny your hands look! Just like a mummy! What do they look like when the bandages are off? Very horrible?鈥

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鈥淪he hasn鈥檛 been with you, then! Never mind, there is plenty of time to come. She must be making a special toilet for your benefit.鈥漇he touched the spring of a little morocco case as she spoke, and there on the satin lining lay a band of gold, dependent from which hung the sweetest little locket in the world鈥攈eart-shaped, studded with pearls, and guarding a ring of hair beneath the glass shield.

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Mrs Asplin and Peggy turned towards each other with distended eyes. If Arthur had suddenly slid down the chimney and crawled out on the hearth before them, turned a somersault in at the window, or crawled from beneath the table, it would have caused no astonishment whatever; but that he should ring at the bell, walk quietly into the hall, and wait to hang up his hat like any other ordinary mortal,鈥攖his was indeed an unprecedented and extraordinary proceeding! The same explanation darted into both minds. His sister鈥檚 illness! He was afraid of startling an invalid, and was curbing his overflowing spirits in consideration for her weakness.

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