that's explicit at any rate," said Miss Garth. "I think Pope must have had you in his mind when he wrote his famous lines:
Vanstone, entering the room while Miss Garth was making her quotation, with the dogs at his heels.
"I'm the rake Miss Garth means; and I want to go to another concert -- or a play, if you like -- or a ball, if you prefer it -- or anything else in the way of amusement that puts me into a new dress, and plunges me into a crowd of people, and illuminates me with plenty of light, and sets me in a tingle of excitement all over, from head to foot.
"Exactly what I have said myself, till I am tired of repeating it," remarked Miss Garth. "She treats Mr.
As for Magdalen," he continued, addressing his wife and Miss Garth, "she's an unbroken filly.
Her father, with the letter in his hand, waited a little before he opened it; her mother looking at him, the while, with an eager, expectant attention which attracted Miss Garth's notice, and Norah's, as well as Magdalen's.
Miss Garth alone observed the effect which that change produced on the attentive mistress of the house.
His daughters rose immediately; and Miss Garth considerately followed their example.
"May I ask -- what right you had to pry into your father's private affairs?" retorted Miss Garth.
"If you considered yourself properly reproved for not minding your own business," said the plain-spoken Miss Garth, "you would be a trifle nearer the truth.
The three ladies entered the morning-room; and Magdalen acknowledged Miss Garth's reproof by banging the door.