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from the river-side, and he recognised Lord Warburton not only spent the Lord Warburton.
night at Gardencourt but he was per“A specimen of what ?" asked the suaded to remain over the second day; girl.
and when the second day was ended, he “A specimen of an English gentlo- determined to postpone his departure
till the morrow. During this period “Do you mean they are all like he addressed much of his conversation him?"
to Isabel, who accepted this evidence “ Oh no; they are not all like of his esteem with a very good grace. him.”
She found herself liking him ex“He's a favourable specimen, then,” tremely; the first impression he had said Isabel 1; “because I am sure he is made upon her was pleasant, but at
the end of an evening spent in his “Yes, he is very good. And he is society she thought him quite one of very fortunate.”
the most laudable persons she had The fortunate Lord Warburton met. She retired to rest with a sense exchanged a handshake with of good fortune, with a quickened heroine, and hoped she was very well. consciousness of the pleasantness of “But I needn't ask that," he said, life. “It's very nice to know two such “since you have been handling the charming people as those,” she said, oars."
meaning by “those” her cousin and “I have been rowing a little," her cousin's friend. It must be added, Isabel answered ; “but how should moreover, that an incident had ocyou know it?"
curred which might have seemed to “Oh, I know he doesn't row; he's put her good humour to the test. Mr. too lazy,” said his lordship, indicating Touchett went to bed at half-past nine Ralph Touchett, with a laugh.
o'clock, but his wife remained in the “He has a good excuse for his drawing-room with the other members laziness," Isabel rejoined, lowering of the party. She prolonged her vigil her voice a little.
for something less than an hour, and “Ah, he has a good excuse for then rising, she said to Isabel that it everything!” cried Lord Warburton, was time they should bid the gentlestill with his deep, agreeable laugh. men good-night. Isabel had as yet
“My excuse for not rowing is no desire to go to bed; the occasion that my cousin rows so well,” said wore, to her senso, a festive character, Ralph. “She does everything well. and feasts were not in the habit of She touches nothing that she doesn't terminating so early. So, without adorn!
further thought, she replied, very “ It makes one want to be touched, simplyMiss Archer,” Lord Warburton de- “Need I go, dear aunt? I will come clared.
up in half an hour.” · Be touched in the right sense,
"It's impossible I should wait for and
you will never look the worse for you,” Mrs. Touchett answered. it,” said Isabel, who, if it pleased her “Ah, you needn't wait !
Ralph to hear it said that her accomplish will light my candle," said Isabel, ments were numerous, was happily smiling. able to reflect that such complacency “I will light your candle ; do let was not the indication of a feeble me light your candle, Miss Archer !” mind, inasmuch as there were several Lord Warburton exclaimed. things in which she excelled. Her I beg it shall not be before middesire to think well of herself always night!” needed to be supported by proof; Mrs. Touchett fixed her bright little though it is possible that this fact is
eyes upon him for a moment, and then not the sign of a milder egotism.
transferred them to her niece.
“ You can't stay alone with the answered, “whenever I see you taking gentlemen. You are not — you are what seems to be too much liberty.” not at Albany, my dear!”
“Pray do; but I don't say I shall Isabel rose, blushing.
always think your remonstrance just.” “I wish I were !" she said.
" Very likely not. You are too “Oh, I say, mother !” Ralph broke fond of your liberty.” out.
“Yes, I think I am very fond of “My dear Mrs. Touchett !” Lord it. But I always want to know the Warburton murmured.
things one shouldn't do.” “I didn't make your country, my “ So as to do them?” asked her lord,” Mrs. Touchett said majestically. aunt. “I must take it as I find it !"
“So as to choose,” said Isabel. “Can't I stay with my own cousin ?” Isabel inquired. “I am not aware that Lord War
VIII. burton is your cousin!”
“Perhaps I had better go to bed,” As she was much interested in the the nobleman exclaimed. 6 That will picturesque, Lord Warburton ventured arrange
to express a hope that she would come Mrs. Touchett gave a little look of some day and see his house, which was despair, and sat down again.
a very curious old place. He ex" Oh, if it's necessary, I will stay up
tracted from Mrs. Touchett a promise till midnight,” she said.
that she would bring her niece to Ralph meanwhile handed Isabel her Lockleigh, and Ralph signified his candlestick. He had been watching willingness to attend upon the ladies her; it had seemed to him that her if his father should be able to spare temper was stirred—an accident that him. Lord Warburton assured our might be interesting. But if he had heroine that in the meantime his expected an exhibition of temper, he sisters would come and see her. She was disappointed, for the girl simply knew something about his sisters, laughed a little, nodded good-night, having interrogated him, during the and withdrew, accompanied by her hours they spent together while he aunt. For himself he was annoyed was at Gardencourt, on many points at his mother, though he thought she connected with his family. When was right. Above stairs, the two Isabel was interested, she asked a great ladies separated at Mrs. Touchett's many questions, and as her companion door. Isabel had said nothing on her was a copious talker, she asked him on way up.
this occasion by no means in vain. “Of course you are displeased at He told her that he had four sisters my interfering with you,” said Mrs. and two brothers, and had lost both Touchett.
his parents. The brothers and sisters Isabel reflected a moment.
were very good people—“not particu“I am not displeased, but I am sur- larly clever, you know,” he said, “but prised—and a good deal puzzled. Was simple and respectable and trustit not proper I should remain in the worthy,” and he was so good as to hope drawing-room?"
that Miss Archer should know them “Not in the least. Young girls well. One of the brothers was in the here don't sit alone with the gentle. Church, settled in the parsonage at men late at night.”
Lockleigh, which was rather a largeish “ You were very right to tell me parish, and was an excellent fellow in then,” said Isabel. "I don't under- spite of his thinking differently from stand it, but I am very glad to know himself on every conceivable topic. it.”
And then Lord Warburton mentioned “I shall always tell you,” her aunt some of the opinions held by his
brother, which were opinions that second and fourth, were married, one Isabel had often heard expressed and of them having done very well, as they that she supposed to be entertained by said, the other only so-so. The husa considerable portion of the human band of the elder, Lord Haycock, was family. Many of them, indeed, she a very good fellow, but unfortunately supposed she had held herself, till a horrid Tory; and his wife, like all he assured her that she was quite mis- good English wives, was worse than taken, that it was really impossible, her husband. The other had espoused that she had doubtless imagined she a smallish squire in Norfolk, and, entertained them, but that she might though she was married only the other depend that, if she thought them over day, had already five children. This a little, she would find they were awful information and much more Lord Warrubbish. When she answered that burton imparted to his
burton imparted to his young American she had already thought several of listener, taking pains to make many them over very attentively, he declared things clear, and to lay bare to her apthat she was only another example of prehension the peculiarities of English what he had often been struck with life. Isabel was often amused at his the fact that, of all the people in the explicitness and at the small allowworld, the Americans
most ance he seemed to make either for her plagued in misty superstitions. They own experience or for her imagination. were rank Tories and inquisitors, “He thinks I am a barbarian,” she every one of them; there were no said, “ and that I have never seen conservatives like American conserva- forks and spoons;
and she used to tives. Her uncle there and her ask him artless questions for the cousin were both proof; nothing could pleasure of hearing him answer seribe more mediæval than many of their ously. Then, when he had fallen into views; they had ideas that people in the trap—“It's a pity you can't see England nowadays were ashamed to me in my war-paint and feathers," she confess to ; and they had the impu- remarked; “if I had known how kind dence, moreover, said his lordship, you are to the poor savages, I would laughing, to pretend they know more have brought over my national cosabout the needs and dangers of this tume !" Lord Warburton had trapoor, dear, stupid old England than velled through the United States, and he who was born in it, and owned a knew much more about them than considerable part of it—the more Isabel ; he was so good as to say that shame to him! From all of which America the most charming Isabel gathered that Lord Warburton country in the world, but his recolwas a nobleman of the newest pattern, lections of it appeared to encourage a reformer, a radical, a contemner of the idea that Americans in England
His other brother, who would need to have a great many who was in the army in India, was things explained to them. “ If I had rather wild and pig-headed, and had only had you to explain things to not been of much use as yet but to me in America !” he said.
“I was make debts for Warburton to pay- rather puzzled in your country; in one of the most precious privileges of fact I was quite bewildered, and the an elder brother. “I don't think I trouble was that the explanations only will pay any more,” said Warburton; puzzled me more. You know I think “he lives a monstrous deal better than they often gave me the wrong ones on I do, enjoys unheard-of luxuries, and purpose; they are rather clever about thinks himself a much finer gentleman that over there. But when I explain, than I. As I am a consistent radical, you can trust me; about what I tell I go in only for equality ; I don't go you there is no mistake.” There was in for the superiority of the younger no mistake at least about his being brothers.” Two of his four sisters, the very intelligent and cultivated, and
knowing almost everything in the responsibilities, great opportunities, world. Although he said the most great consideration, great wealth, great interesting and entertaining things, power, a natural share in the public Isabel perceived that he never said affairs of a great country. But he is them to exhibit himself, and though all in a muddle about himself, his he had a great good fortune, he was as position, his power, and everything far as possible from making a merit of else. He is the victim of a critical it. He had enjoyed the best things of age; he has ceased to believe in himlife, but they had not spoiled his sense self, and he doesn't know what to beof proportion. His composition was a lieve in. When I attempt to tell him mixture of good-humoured manly force (because if I were he, I know very well and a modesty that at times was what I should believe in), he calls me almost boyish ; the sweet and whole- an old-fashioned and narrow-minded some savour of which it was person. I believe he seriously thinks agreeable as something tasted — lost me an awful Philistine; he says I nothing from the addition of a tone of don't understand my time. I underkindness which was not boyish, inas- stand it certainly better than he, who much as there was a good deal of can neither abolish himself as a nuireflection and of conscience in it.
sance nor maintain himself I like your specimen English gen- institution." tleman very much,” Isabel said to “He doesn't look very wretched," Ralph, after Lord Warburton had Isabel observed. gone.
“Possibly not; though, being a man “ I like him too-I love him well,” of imagination, I think he often has said Ralph. “But I pity him more.” uncomfortable hours. But what is it Isabel stared.
to say of a man of his opportunities Why, that seems to me his only that he is not miserable ? Besides, I fault—that one couldn't pity him a believe he is.” little. He appears to have every- “I don't,” said Isabel. thing, to know everything, to be "Well," her cousin rejoined, "if he everything !"
is not, he ought to be! Oh, he's in a bad way,” Ralph In the afternoon she spent an hour insisted.
with her uncle on the lawn, where the “I suppose you
in old man sat, as usual, with his shawl health ? "
over his legs and his large cup of No, as to that, he is detestably diluted tea in his hands. In the course robust. What I mean is that he is a of conversation he asked her what she man with a great position, who is thought of their late visitor. playing all sorts of tricks with it. “I think he is charming," Isabel He doesn't take himself seriously.” answered.
6 Does he regard himself as “He's a fine fellow," said Mr. joke?”
Touchett, “but I don't recommend you “Much worse ; he regards himself to fall in love with him.” as an imposition-as an abuse.”
“I shall not do it then; I shall “Well, perhaps he is,” said Isabel. never fall in love but on your recom
"Perhaps he is - though on the mendation. Moreover," Isabel added, whole I don't think so. But in that
my cousin gives me a rather sad case, what is more pitiable than a account of Lord Warburton.” sentient, self-conscious abuse, planted “Oh, indeed ? I don't know what by other hands, deeply rooted, but there may be to say, but you must aching with a sense of its injustice ? remember that Ralph is rather For me, I could take Lord Warburton fanciful.” very seriously; he occupies a position “ He thinks Lord Warburton is too that appeals to my imagination. Great radical-or not radical enough! I
don't quite understand which," said more with them, and they have a Isabel.
chance to behave so picturesquely." The old man shook his head slowly, “I don't know that I understand smiled, and put down his cup.
what you mean by behaving pictu“I don't know which, either. He resquely, but it seems to me that you goes very far, but it is quite possible do that always, my dear.” he doesn't go far enough. He seems “Oh, you lovely man, if I could to want to do away with a good many believe that !” the girl interrupted. things, but he seems to want to remain “I am afraid, after all, you won't himself. I suppose that is natural ; have the pleasure of seeing a revolubut it is rather inconsistent.”
tion here just now," Mr. Touchett went “Oh, I hope he will remain him- “If you want to see one, you self,” said Isabel. " If he were to be must pay us a long visit. done away with, his friends would when you come to the point, it miss him sadly.'
wouldn't suit them to be taken at “Well,” said the old man,
their word.” he'll stay and amuse his friends. I “Of whom are you speaking ?” should certainly miss him very much Well, I mean Lord Warburton here at Gardencourt. He always and his friends-the radicals of the amuses me when he comes over, and upper class. Of course I only know the I think he amuses himself as well. way it strikes me. They talk about There is a considerable number like changes, but I don't think they quite him, round in society; they are very realise. You and I, you know, we know fashionable just now. I don't know what it is to have lived under demowhat they are trying to do-whether cratic institutions; I always thought they are trying to get up a revolution i
very comfortable, but I was used I hope at any rate they will put it off to them from the first. But then, I till after I am gone. You see they ain't a lord; you're a lady, my dear, want to disestablish everything; but but I ain't a lord. Now, over here, I I'm a pretty big landowner here, and don't think it quite comes home to I don't want to be disestablished. I them. It's a matter of every day and wouldn't have come
over if I had every hour, and I don't think many thought they were going to behave of them would find it as pleasant as like that,” Mr. Touchett went on, what they've got. Of course if they with expanding hilarity.
want to try, it's their own business; over because I thought England was but I expect they won't try very a safe country. I call it a regular hard !” fraud, if they are going to introduce “ Don't you think they are sincere ?" any considerable changes; there'll be Isabel asked. a large number disappointed in that “Well, they are very conscientious,"
Mr. Touchett allowed; “ but it seems “Oh, I do hope they will make a as if they took it out in theories, revolution !". Isabel exclaimed. “I mostly. Their radical views are a kind should delight in seeing a revolu- of amusement; they have got to have tion !”
some amusement, and they might have “Let me see," said her uncle, with coarser tastes than that. You see they a humorous intention; "I forget are very luxurious, and these progreswhether you are a liberal or a con- sive ideas are about their biggest servative. I have heard you take such luxury. They make them feel moral, opposite views.”
and yet they don't affect their position. “I am both. I think I am a little They think a great deal of their posiof everything. In a revolution—after tion; don't let one of them ever perit was well begun-I think I should suade you he doesn't, for if you were be a conservative. One sympathises to proceed on that basis, you would