IN HIGH LIFE.
" ' What do you mean, sir, by addressing me in this
manner. Why this effrontery that makes you so far
forget my position and your own ? Think you, for a
moment, that I, the daughter of wealth, can listen
quietly to such language from a common laborer ?'
"' You are mistaken, Miss. I addressed you only in
terms of respect, and if one, whom you sneeringly call
a common laborer, acts in your presence as an equal,
it is because your manner and words, for months past,
have warranted him in so doing.'
"' You are becoming still more insulting, sir. It is
only your vanity that has made you so misconstrue
my actions. But it is beneath me to explain. Leave
the house, sir, and rest assured my father shall know
of your conduct.'
"' I will do as you command, regretting exceedingly
having given expression to those feelings which I have
long cherished, and dared to hope would not meet
with the scorn you have shown. But you will find,
ere long, wealth does not separate us so widely as you
think,' and so saying, he went out.
" I caught a glimpse of his countenance, as he turned
to shut the door, and saw on it an expression of tri¬
umph which I had scarcely expected to find there, and
could not divine the meaning of.
" Scarcely had the door closed, when I heard my
young lady sobbing violently. ' Why am I so unfor¬
tunate?' said she. 'Why should this man, so much
my inferior, have inspired me with such feelings ?
Thank heaven ray pride sustained me, and prevented
my lips from expressing the love I have so vainly
struggled against. But,' and her voice expressed the
gladness with which the thought inspired her, 'what