and he pulled up short, for, instinctively, he knew that
"Are you a good walker, Ruth? Do you think you can manage six miles? If we set off at two o'clock, we shall be there by four, without hurrying; or say half-past four. Then we might stay two hours, and you could show me all the old walks and old places you love, and we could still come leisurely home. Oh, it's all arranged directly!"
"But do you think it would be right, sir? It seems as if it would be such a great pleasure, that it must be in some way wrong."
"Why, you little goose, what can be wrong in it?"
"In the first place, I miss going to church by setting out at two," said Ruth, a little gravely.
"Only for once. Surely you don't see any harm in missing church for once? You will go in the morning, you know."
"I wonder if Mrs. Mason would think it right--if she would allow it?"
"No, I dare say not. But you don't mean to be governed by Mrs. Mason's notions of right and wrong. She thought it right to treat that poor girl Palmer in the way you told me about. You would think that wrong, you know, and so would every one of sense and feeling. Come, Ruth, don't pin your faith on any one, but judge for yourself. The pleasure is perfectly innocent: it is not a selfish pleasure either, for I shall enjoy it to the full as much as you will. I shall like to see the places where you spent your childhood; I shall almost love them as much as you do." He had dropped his voice; and spoke in low, persuasive tones. Ruth hung down her head, and blushed with exceeding happiness; but she could not speak, even to urge her doubts afresh. Thus it was in a manner settled.
How delightfully happy the plan made her through the coming week! She was too young when her mother died to have received any cautions or words of advice respecting the subject of a woman's life--if, indeed, wise parents ever directly speak of what, in its depth and power, cannot be put into words--which is a brooding spirit with no definite form or shape that men should know it, but which is there, and present before we have recognised and realised its existence. Ruth was innocent and snow-pure. She had heard of falling in love, but did not know the signs and symptoms thereof; nor, indeed, had she troubled her head much about them. Sorrow had filled up her days, to the exclusion of all lighter thoughts than the consideration of present duties, and the remembrance of the happy time which had been. But the interval of blank, after the loss of her mother and during her father's life-in-death, had made her all the more ready to value and cling to sympathy--first from Jenny, and now from Mr. Bellingham. To see her home again, and to see it with him; to show him (secure of his interest) the haunts of former times, each with its little tale of the past--of dead-and-gone events!--No coming shadow threw its gloom over this week's dream of happiness--a dream which was too bright to be spoken about to common and indifferent ears.
- him sped the yellow figure, and right to the end. The seemingly
- has visited the Bell Rock, who confirms the particulars
- and arranging the landing of the whole of the materials
- such alterations and amendments were introduced in the
- gangway above which lowered a green and rotting wooden
- life's peaceful evening,—do not think I flatter,—that
- stones to form it might be prepared on shore, marked and
- not merely of calm and enduring courage, but of great self-denial
- at our arrival, and said one to the other, “This is the
- of a lighthouse. But so far as he17 can presume to judge,
- Robison, Sir David Hunter Blair, and Mr. Creech, the publisher
- shipmates. A violent gale came on, which drove the ‘Elizabeth’
- in finding any place to pitch our tents, for it was spring-tide,
- upon my former appearance in London, applauded me to the
- “Each floor stone forms part of the outward walls, extending
- and having given the subject all the attention in his power,
- and the girl's mind was in such a turmoil that she had
- From Vienna, under date of December 10th, 1835, he wrote
- My dear Mother,—We have experienced a deep and irreparable
- and worship her! And they say there are such meetings hereafter.
- end of the apartment. A steady stream of dirty water was
- that I beheld him in the pride of his strength and manhood;
- No one can read Mr. Stevenson’s “Account of the Bell
- code of courtesy, but capable of falsehood; Forrest as
- was the especial pride and joy of My Dear and Meriem. The
- the lightship and the rock—Anxiety for workmen—Sunday
- in designing and arranging for the prosecution of that
- men to the rock, went off to examine her riding-ropes,
- either a watch or a clock; and an old man who was supposed
- which you have paid me, you have alluded in flattering
- house had been so well packed by its friends with stalwart
- my lips seem poor and empty offerings in return for those
- and ran like a hare, her yellow silk dress gleaming in
- I find also that coincident with this start in life, he
- both is visible the resentful and morbid egotism of their
- of David Lillie, builder in Glasgow, who died, as stated
- Indian family, who had come to trade in a canoe from Caylen,
- miles from land, and so low in the water that the foundation-course
- about 700,000 tons of shipping, besides his Majesty’s
- crowded with an assembly of the most formidable character,
- solid wall opened before her; it was another masked door.
- the loss of him now. But for my sake, dear mother, for
- and honorary secretary to the Chamber of Commerce. I find
- before the curtain to make a speech, told the public that
- steps were ahead of him, and then a long brick tunnel in
- in carrying them out, and was intrusted, at the early age
- a free people,—a Drama whose eloquent and impressive
- with mirrors, for the open coal-fires which were at that
- was the especial pride and joy of My Dear and Meriem. The
- obtained the royal assent in July 1806, when the Commissioners