*AIRY FAIRY LILIAN.* 15
•I'm sure I hope she won't, then,' says C}ril, who
all this time has been carefully laying in an uncom¬
monly good breakfast. ' If there is one thing I hate,
it is a young lady. Give me a girl.'
* But, my dear, what an extraordinary speech 1
Surely a girl may be a young lady.'
' Yes, but unfortunately a young lady isn't always a
girl. My experience of the former class is, that, no
matter what their age, they are as old as the hills, and
know considerably more than they ought to know.'
'And just as we had got rid of one ward so success¬
fully we must needs get another,' says Lady Chetwoode,
with a plaintive sigh. 'Dear Mabel! she was certainly
very sweet, and I was excessively fond of her, but I do
hope this new-comer will not be so troublesome.'
' I hope she will be as pleasant to talk to and a3
good to look at,' says Cyri]. I confess I missed Mab
awfully. I never felt so down in my life as when she
declared her intention of marrying Tom Steyne.'
' I never dreamed the marriage would have turned
out so well,' says Lady Chetwoode in a pleased tone.
' She was such an—an—unreasonable girl But it is
wonderful how well she gets on with a husband,'
'Flirts always make the best wives. You forget
' And what a coquette she was ! If Lilian Chesney
resembles her, I don't know what I shall do. I am
getting too old to take care of pretty girls.'
' Perhaps Miss Chesney is ugly.'
' I hope not, my dear,' says Lady Chetwoode, with
a strong shudder. ' Let her be anything but that. I
ean't bear ugly women. No—her mother was lovely.
I used to think'—relapsing again into the plaintive
style—' that one ward in a lifetime would be sufficient,
and now we are going to have another.'
' It is all Guy's fault,' says Cyril. < He does get
himself up so like the moral Pecksniff. There is a
stern and dignified air about him would deceive a