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by the Duchess of Tremouille. She came up to me and held out her hand to shake bands. I made a low bow, and then folded my arms across my breast.

“May I not claim the privilege of old acquaintance, lord Arthur Plantagenet?” she said with one of her best smiles. I bowed again, and was silent. She was not to be repelled by silence.

“. I am afraid there was some mistakesome misunderstanding. Your lordship left castle Tremouille in such a hurry--and I have not had the pleasure of seeing your lordship since to enter into an explanation—which I have no doubt, I can render perfectly satisfactory to your lordship.”

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“ Would she dance with me?" I don't know what perversity of mind induced me to ask the question, for I did not care one straw about being or not being in the good graces of the heiress—and to excite the petty jealousy of the young men and women around us was an object that my humble ambition never soared to. 6. Would she dance with me?”_

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by the Duchess of Tremouille. She came up to me and held out her hand to shake hands. I made a low bow, and then folded my arms across my breast.

May I not claim the privilege of old acquaintance, lord Arthur Plantagenet?” she said with one of her best smiles. I bowed again, and was silent. She was not to be repelled by silence.

“I am afraid there was some mistake some misunderstanding. Your lordship left castle Tremouille in such a hurry-and I have not had the pleasure of seeing your lordship since to enter into an explanation—which I have no doubt, I can render perfectly satisfactory to your lordship.”

“ 0, no doubt of it, Madam. But to save your Grace the trouble, I may inform your Grace that no explanation whatever is required, since there is no mistake to explain.”

“Oh! I am delighted to find your lordship is disposed to take that common-sense view of the question. Though, to be sure, your lordship's resolution to go into the army was very sudden, and a little strange, certainly, and then to lead forlorn hopes—dear me, Lord Arthur, a man of your quality !-when there were so many common fellows in the army would have been glad of the price of duty; for I am told, that one evil attending this war has been the rise of a great many low, vulgar men in the army-now, my Lord, if I were commander-in-chief, I would let none of those low-born men-by which I mean, those who are not related by blood to the peerage, -rise higher than the rank of captain, or even lieutenant, as was the

in the French army, before that vile revolution : but there's no accounting for tastes, as I have always said, when my girls have mentioned the circunstance; and, indeed, when they heard of it, they were terribly alarmed about your lordship, for I assure your lordship you were always a vast favourite with them. Georgiana, my dear, were you not alarmedterribly alarmed—to hear of his lordship's exposing himself to such frightful dangers? Let me re-introduce Georgiana to your lordship. Georgiana, my dear, come forward—the sweet girl is so timid, my Lord.” I made a low bow to the Duchess and her daughter, the sweet girl who was ‘so timid,' and hastened off, saying, that I saw the Prince wished to say something to me.

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Note by the Editor-I cannot help thinking bis lordship somewbat too severe upon my Lady Duchess of Tremouille. In the present state of morality in England, is there one mother in a hundred who would have acted differently? However, that does not justify such morality : it only shows what Bort of a standard it is by which the present race of English mothers measure their morality.

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