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CHAPTER III. "bite Him, Punch!" "Now had I skill, I would riht fain
devise, To bring this highborn spinster to your eyes, I could
discourse of lip, and chin, and cheek? Bu] you would see no picture
as I speak. Such colors cannot?mix them as I may, Paint you this
nymph.?We'll try a different way."?Crabbe. THE next morning, alas !
alas! Rain; soft, patient, persistent rain, not loud nor pas-
sionate, yet holding out no false hopes of giving way, set in with
the daylight. Low over the hill-sides hung the misty veil; leaden
looked the sea; piteous were the faces that surveyed it at
Gourloch. " Elsie, do you ever have anything but rain here ? " "
Never! It poured the whole of yesterday." " Yes, of course, if it
is fine, it is sure to be on a Sunday, when one can't do anything."
" I had a presentiment that it would rain to-day." " Clever of you,
that. I have a presentiment that it will rain to-morrow, and the
next day, and the next after that." Tom was out of humor, and the
mischief found for his idle hands to do was teasing his cousin. "
It is no worse here than elsewhere," affirmed Elsie, smarting like
a true Scot under their national disgrace. " We have had very good
weather, particularly fine weather, until quite lately. I am sure I
don't know why it should have broken just at this time," continued
she, with a troubled look at the sky. "And what is one to do the
livelong day ?" "You might go and see Mr. Blundell," said a quiet
voice close by. Pauline was standing with her back to them, looking
out of the window. "Eh? What should I do that for?" demanded her
brother. " You might find out how long he means to stay, and see
what is our prospect of a sail." " Well, I might do that. Perhaps
he would take me with him to-day. I don't care for the rai...
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