246 'AIRY FAIRY LILIAN.'
ney's liking; it angers her, and awakes within her a
desfre to show how little she heeds it. Her smile
ripens and rests alone on Archibald; insensibly her
manner towards her cousin takes a warmer tinge;
going over to the -window she lays her hand Hghtly on
his shoulder and, leaning over, looks at the ground
' Could I get out there ? '—she asks, a little fearfully,
though in truth at another time she would regard with
disdain the person who should tell her she could not
jump so small a distance. 'It would be so much
better than going aU the way round.'
' Of course you can,' returns he, dropping instantly
do-wnwards, and then looking up at her, ' it is no
height at all.'
' It looks high from here, does it not ? '—still
doubtful. ' I should, perhaps, break my neck if I tried
to jump it. No,' regretfully,' I must go round, unless,
indeed,'—-with another soft glance meant for Guy's
discomfiture, and that, alas! does terrible damage to
Archibald's heart—'you think you could take me
' I know I could,' replies he, eagerly.
' You are sure ? '—hesitating—' I am very heavy,
Archibald laughs and holds out his arms, and in
another moment has taken her, slender fafry that she
is, and deposited her safely on the ground.
Sir Guy, who has been an unwilling though fasci¬
nated spectator of this scene, grows pale and turns
abruptly aside as Archibald and Lilian, laughing gaily,
disappear into the shrubberies beyond.
But once out of sight of the biUiard-room windows.
Miss Chesney's gaiety cruelly deserts her. She is
angry with Guy for reasons she would die rather than
acknowledge even to herself, and she is indignant with
Archibald for reasons she would be puzzled to explain
at all, while hating herself for what she is pleased to