10 *AIRY FAIRY LILLAN.'
* Aunt Priscilla, I have yet another plan,' she says
' Oh! my dear, I do hope not,' says poor Miss
Chesney, almost on the verge of tears.
' Yes, and it emanated fi-om you. Supposing I were
to remain here, and he did fall in love with me, and
married me—what then? Would not that solve the
difficulty ? Once the ceremony was performed he might
go prying about all over the kno-wn globe for all I should
care. I should have my dear Park. I declare,' says
Lilian, waxing valiant, ' had he but one eye, or did he
appear before me with a wooden leg (which I hold to be
the most contemptible of all things), nothing should
induce me to refuse him under the circumstances.'
' And are you going to throw yourself upon your
cousin's generosity and actually ask him to take pity on
you and make you his wife ? Lilian, I fancied you had
some pride,' says Miss Chesney gravely.
' So I have,' says Lilian, with a repentant sigh.
' How I wish I hadn't! No, I suppose it wouldn't do
to marry him in that way, no matter how badly I treated
him afterwards to make up for it. Well, my last hope
' And a good thing too. Now, had you not better
sit down and write to Lady Chetwoode or your guardian,
naming an early day for going to them ? Though what
your father could have meant by selecting so young a
man as guardian is more than I can imagine.'
' Because he wished me to live with Lady Chetwoode,
who was evidently an old flame; and because Sir Guy,
from all I hear, is a sort of Admirable Crichton—some¬
thing as prosy as the Heir of Eedclyffe, as dull as a Sir
Galahad. A goody-goody old-young man. For my
part I would have preferred a hoary-headed gentleman,
with just a little spice of wickedness about him.'
' Lilian, don't be flippant,' in a tone of horror. * I
tremble when I reflect on the dangers that must attend
your unbridled tongue.'