290 IN A WINTER CITY.
" I suppose you want to be an Empress ? "
" Oh dear no," answered his sister. " I have
known two Empresses intimately; and it is a
career of great tedium: you can never do what
"Then, I suppose, you are content as you
" I suppose so, if anybody ever is. I don't
think anyone is. I never met anybody who was.
They say pigs are ; but one sees so Uttle of pigs
hat one can't make much psychological study of
Lord Clafrvaux grumbled, sighed, and took
his courage d deux mains.
" WeU, never mind the other men; they
are past and gone, poor wretches; what do you
mean to do about this one ? "
"This what?'* said Lady HUda, looking
languidly at him through the flowers on the
breakfast table. She knew quite weU what he
" What do you mean to do with him ? *' re¬
peated Lord Clafrvaux solemnly, pushing his
plate away. "It*s aU very pretty, I dai-esay.