242 ' AIRY FAIRY LILIAN.'
'Yes; something has gone wrong with our steward's
accounts, and Tom is dissatisfied with him. So he has
been dismissed, and we shall stay on here until we
please ourselves -with another.'
' I am glad you Hve so near. Three miles is only a
walk after all.'
' In cold weather a mere nothing, though for my
own part I am not addicted to exercise of any sort; I
beHeve, however, Steynemore's proximity to Chetwoode
was one of my chief reasons for marrying Tom.'
' I am glad of any reason that made you do so. If
you won't mind my saying it, I wiU tell you I like you
very much,'—with a slight blush.
' I am very charmed to hear it,' says Mrs. Steyne,
heartily, whose liking for Lilian has grown steadily; ' I
should be much disappointed if you didn't. I foresee
we shall be great friends, and that you and Auntie will
make me fall quite in love with Tom's native soil.
But'—naively—' you must not be unkind to poor
Orl. ' Is't possible that on so little acquaintance
You should like her ? tliat, but seeing,
You should love her ?'—As You LUie It.
Four weeks have flown by swiftly, with ungracious
haste—as do all our happiest moments—leaving their
marks behind them. In their train Taffy has passed
away from Chetwoode, and all in the house have
mourned his departure openly and sincerely. Miss
Chesney for two whole days was inconsolable, and cried
her pretty eyes very nearly out; after which she
recovered, and allowed herself to find consolation in
the thought that he has promised to retmrn to them
for a fortnight at Christmastide.