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1914 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV THE ENCOUNTER WITH THE BETROTHED We
remained all three as motionless as a tableau vivani. I was in the
hall, face to face with Edith; behind me, in the doorway, I could
feel Mr. Lawton. Details crowded upon me, Edith, as rigid as if she
had been petrified, in a gown of white muslin, with little knots of
roses circling the hem--the flowered wallpaper--the big, modern
Lowestoft bowl full of visiting cards. Then Mr. Lawton spoke.
"Edith what are you doing here?" She did not reply. "Go up to your
room at once." Mr. Lawton spoke in low, hurried tones, and a
diabolical pleasure filled me as I realised that the fear that the
servants had not gone to bed hung heavy over him. But, then, we
were in England: the first thing to do was to avoid a scene. Edith
was not, on her part, going to make a scene either; she looked up
and said, quite calmly, in a strained voice: "I wanted to see you,
father, so I came down. All the others are in bed." "You can see me
to-morrow morning," said Mr. Lawton, rather harshly. Then I joined
in. A sense almost of the theatre urged me to have the matter out
at once. "Look here, Mr. Lawton," I said, "we both know what this
means. Edith knew that I was asking leave to marry her; she came
down to know your decision. There's nothing very wonderful in that.
Well, I can tell you, Edith; your father refuses. He does not think
me good enough" "I have told you that that is not the point,
Cadoresse, but I'm not going over it again. Now, Edith, go to your
room." Anger filled me, and I spoke quickly, fearing that Edith
would obey: she might, for most English girls have been kicked into
the gutter by their fathers and told by their mothers that it is
ladylike to sit in it. "No, Edith, don't go. Let's have it out.
Your father refuses his con...
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