Henrietta was silent a little; there was a chance he was not sincere. Ive had hardly any appetite since Ive been here, she went on at last; so it doesnt much matter. I dont approve of you, you know; I feel as if I ought to tell you that.
Dont approve of me?
Yes; I dont suppose any one ever said such a thing to you before, did they? I dont approve of lords as an institution. I think the world has got beyond themfar beyond.
Oh, so do I. I dont approve of myself in the least. Sometimes it comes over mehow I should object to myself if I were not myself, dont you know? But thats rather good, by the waynot to be vain-glorious.
Why dont you give it up then? Miss Stackpole enquired.
Give upa? asked Lord Warburton, meeting her harsh inflexion with a very mellow one.
Give up being a lord.
Oh, Im so little of one! One would really forget all about it if you wretched Americans were not constantly reminding one. However, I do think of giving it up, the little there is left of it, one of these days.
I should like to see you do it! Henrietta exclaimed rather grimly.
Ill invite you to the ceremony; well have a supper and a dance.
Well, said Miss Stackpole, I like to see all sides. I dont approve of a privileged class, but I like to hear what they have to say for themselves.
Mightly little, as you see!
I should like to draw you out a little more, Henrietta continued. But youre always looking away. Youre afraid of meeting my eye. I see you want to escape me.
No, Im only looking for those despised potatoes.
Please explain about that young ladyyour sisterthen. I dont understand about her. Is she a Lady?
Shes a capital good girl.
I dont like the way you say thatas if you wanted to change the subject. Is her position inferior to yours?
We neither of us have any position to speak of; but shes better off than I, because she has none of the bother.
Yes, she doesnt look as if she had much bother. I wish I had as little bother as that. You do produce quiet people over here, whatever else you may do.
Ah, you see one takes life easily, on the whole, said Lord Warburton. And then you know were very dull. Ah, we can be dull when we try!
I should advise you to try something else. I shouldnt know what to talk to your sister about; she looks so different. Is that silver cross a badge?
A sign of rank.
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