`A man wanted to once,' she said, in a highly experienced tone, and the image of Gabriel Oak, as the farmer, rose before her.

`How nice it must seem!' said Liddy, with the fixed features of mental realization. `And you wouldn't have him?'

`He wasn't quite good enough for me.'

`How sweet to be able to disdain, when most of us are glad to say, "Thank you!"I seem I hear it. "No sir - I'm your better," or "Kiss my foot, sir; my face is for mouths of consequence." And did you love him, miss?'

`Oh, no. But I rather liked him.'

`Do you now?'

`Of course not - what footsteps are those I hear?'

Liddy looked from a back window into the courtyard behind, which was now getting low-toned and dim with the earliest films of night. A crooked file of men was approaching the back door. The whole string of trailing individuals advanced in the completest balance of intention, like the remarkable creatures known as Chain Salpae which, distinctly organized in other respects, have one will common to a whole family. Some were, as usual, in snow-white smock-frocks of Russia duck, and some in whitey-brown ones of drabbet - marked on the wrists, breasts, backs, and sleeves with honeycomb-work. Two or three women in pattens brought up the rear.

`The Philistines be upon us,' said Liddy, making her nose white against the glass.

`Oh, very well. Maryann, go down and keep them in the kitchen till I am dressed, and then show them in to me in the hall.'

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