260 'airy FAIRY LILIAN.'
' Well, I suppose he could not help it.'
' I am positive he couldn't!'—coldly.
' You have great faith in him,'—with an unpleasant
little smile; ' thank you, Sfr Guy, it was very kiud of
you to bring me such disagreeable news.' As she
ceases speaking she turns back again to the contempla¬
tion of the fire, as though desfrous of giving him his
'I can hardly say I came to inform you of your
cousin's movements,'repHes he haughtily; 'rather to
ask you if you will accept my aid to get down¬
' Even mine ?'
' No, thank you ;'—with slow surprise, as though
she yet doubts the fact of his having again dared to
offer his services—'I would not trouble you for
'The trouble is slight,' he answers, with an expres-
eive glance at the fragile figure below him.
' But yet a trouble ! Do not distress yourself, Sfr
Guy, Parkins will help me if you will be so kind as to
' Your nurse '—hastily—' would be able, I daresay.'
' Oh, no. I can't bear trusting myself to women.
I am an arrant coward. I always think they are going
to trip, or let me drop, at every corner.'
' Then why refuse my aid ?' he says, even at the
price of his self-respect,
' No ; I prefer Parkins!'
' Oh, if you prefer the assistance of a footman, there
is nothing more to be said,' he exclaims angrily, going
towards the door much offended, and with just a touch
of disgu.st in his tone.
Now Miss Chesney does not prefer the assistance of
a footman—in fact she would prefer soHtude and a
lonely dinner rather than trust herself to such an one •
so she pockets her pride, and seeing Sfr Guy almost out-