252 'airy fairy Lilian,'
Lilian holding out her hand, feeling already enslaved
by the beauty of the tender, lovely face looking so
kindly into hers. 'I have wanted to know you so
long, but we knew,'—hesitating—' you wished to be
' Yes, so I did when first I came here, but time and
soHtude have taught me many things. For instance'
—colouring faintly—' I should be very glad to know
you; I feel sadly stupid now and then,'
' I am glad to hear you say so; I simply detest my
own society,' says Miss Chesney, with much vivacity, in
spite of the foot, ' But'—with a rueful glance at the
bandaged member—'I little thought I should make
your acquaintance in this way. I have given you
terrible trouble, have I not ? '
' No, indeed, you must not say so. I beHeve '—
laughing—' I have been only too glad, in spite of my
former desfre for privacy, to see some one from the
outer world again. Your hafr has come down. Shall
I fasten it up again for you ? ' Hardly waiting an
answer she takes Lilian's hair, and binds and twists
it into its usual soft knot behind her head, admiring it
as she does so, ' How soft it is, and how long, and
such a deHcious colour, like spun silk, I have always
envied people with golden hair. Ah, here is the
carriage; I hope the drive home will not hurt you
very much. She is ready now, Mr. Chetwoode, and I
think she looks a little better.'
' I should be ungrateful otherwise,' says LUian.
* Mrs. Arlington has been so kind to me, Cyril,'
' I a.m sure of that,' replies he, casting a curious
glance at CeciHa that rather puzzles LiHan, until
turning her eyes upon Cecilia, she sees what a pretty
pink flush has stolen into her cheeks. Then the truth
all at once flashes upon her, and renders her rather
silent, while Cyril and ]\Irs, Arlington are making the
carriage more comfortable for her,
* Come,' says Cyril, at length taking her in hia