" Not much," answered her husband in such an
exasperatingly indifferent way as he quickened his
pace in the direction of dinner, that the ladies
could scarcely conceal their impatience.
" Didn't you send to inquire after him ? " asked
his wife, not in her sweetest tone, she and Dolores
standing still addressing themselves to Banatyne's
" Had other fish to fry," called the hungry man
from the dining room: " Why don't you come
" I declare, Roy, it's provoking the way you
keep dinner waiting until it's all cold and for no
reason whatever," remarked his wife from the
hall, glad to find a flaw to excuse her impat" :nce.
"Who's keeping the dinner Avaiting now, I'd like
to know ? " called Roy's voice. " Come on in, and
you shall hear a good joke," he added, remem¬
bering for the first time his promise of the morn¬
ing relative to Kelvyn.
"To tell you the sober truth," continued Roy,
as the family seated itself at the table, " I haven't
had a moment to spare to Kelvyn to-day, or any¬
body else, for that matter. Ask Dougald."
" That's mean now, Roy," pouted his wife,
Avhile his daughter was an interested listener.
" You're both looking very charming," he
said, again ignoring the all important subject; and
he spoke the truth, for the ladies had entertained
a hope that if Kelvyn was in the city, he might
return with Roy and be their guest at dinner.
" Well girls," Banatyne commenced, " I'm doAvn
to bed rock to-night."