16 'AIRY FAIRY LILIAN*
Machiavelli, and takes the hearts of parents by storm.
Poor Mr. Chesney, who never even saw him, took him
on hearsay as his only child's guardian. This solitary
fact shows how grossly he has taken in society in general.
He is every bit as immoral as the rest of us, only------•*
' Immoral! jMy dear Cyril-------' interrupts Lady
' Well, let us say frivolous. It has just the same
meaning nowadays, and sounds nicer. But he looks a
" grave and reverend," if ever there was one. Indeed,
his whole appearance is enough to make any passer-by
stop short and say, " There goes a good young man."'
' I'm sure I hope not,' says Guy, half-offended,
wholly disgusted. ' I should be inclined to shoot any¬
one who told me I was a " good young man." I have
no desire to pose as such—my ambition does not lie
'I don't believe you know what you are saying,
either of you,' says Lady Chetwoode, who, though
accustomed to them, can never entirely help showing
surprise at their sentiments and expressions every now
and then. ' I should be sorry to think everybody did
not know you to be (as I do) good as gold.'
' Thank you, Madre. One compliment from you is
worth a dozen from anyone else,' says Cyril. ' Any
news, Guy ? You seem absorbed, I cannot tell you
how I admire anyone who takes an undisguised interest
in his correspondence. Now, I'—gazing at his five
unopened letters—' cannot get up the feeling to save
my life. Guy '—rex)roachfully—' don't you see your
mother is dying of curiosity ? '
' The letter is from Trant,' says Guy, looking up
from the closely-written sheet before him. ' He wants
to know if we will take a tenant for " The Cottage."
" A Lady "'—reading from the letter—' " who has
suffered much, and who wishes for quietness and re¬
tirement from the world," '
' I should recommend a convent under the circum-