'airy fairy LILIAN,' 247
term her frivolity, such as jumping out of windows as
though she were still a child, instead of being a full-
grown young woman! What must Gu------what
would anyone think of her ?
'It was awfully good of you to choose me,' says
Archibald after a few minutes, feeling foolishly elated
at his success,
' For a walk,'
' Did I choose you ?'—asks LUian in a tone that
should have warned so worldly-wise a young man as
Chesney. He, however, fails to be warned and rushes
wildly on his destruction.
' I thought so,' returns he, growing perplexed;
' Chetwoode was quite as anxious to accompany you as
I was, and you decided in my favour.'
' Simply because you were outside the window, and
looked more Hke moving than he did.'
' He was considerably sold for all that,' says this
fooUsh Archibald, with an idiotic laugh, that under the
circumstances is madness. Miss Chesney freezes.
' Sold ? how ? ' she asks, with a suspicious thirst for
knowledge. ' I don't understand.'
The continued iciness of her tone troubles Archi¬
' You seem determined not to understand,' he says,
huffily. ' I only mean he would have given a good
deal to go with you, until you showed him plainly you
didn't want him.'
' I never meant to show him anything of the kind.
You quite mistake.'
' Do I ? '—with increasing -wrath. ' Well, I think
when a woman tells a fellow she thinks it would be a
pity to disturb him, it comes to very much the same
thing in the end. At all events Chetwoode took it in
' How sUly you can be at times, Archibald,' says
LiHan, promptly; ' I really wish you would not take up