Is it that Mr Osmond isnt rich? Is that what youre talking about? Isabel asked.
He has no money; he has no name; he has no importance. I value such things and I have the courage to say it; I think theyre very precious. Many other people think the same, and they show it. But they give some other reason.
Isabel hesitated a little. I think I value everything thats valuable. I care very much for money, and thats why I wish Mr Osmond to have a little.
Give it to him then; but marry some one else.
His names good enough for me, the girl went on. Its a very pretty name. Have I such a fine one myself?
All the more reason you should improve on it. There are only a dozen American names. Do you marry him out of charity?
It was my duty to tell you, Aunt Lydia, but I dont think its my duty to explain to you. Even if it were I shouldnt be able. So please dont remonstrate; in talking about it you have me at a disadvantage. I cant talk about it.
I dont remonstrate, I simply answer you: I must give some sign of intelligence. I saw it coming, and I said nothing. I never meddle.
You never do, and Im greatly obliged to you. Youve been very considerate.
It was not considerateit was convenient, said Mrs Touchett. But I shall talk to Madame Merle.
I dont see why you keep bringing her in. She has been a very good friend to me.
Possibly; but she has been a poor one to me.
What has she done to you?
She has deceived me. She had as good as promised me to prevent your engagement.
She couldnt have prevented it.
She can do anything; thats what Ive always liked her for. I knew she could play any part; but I understood that she played them one by one. I didnt understand that she would play two at the same time.
I dont know what part she may have played to you, Isabel said; thats between yourselves. To me she has been honest and kind and devoted.
Devoted, of course; she wished you to marry her candidate. She told me she was watching you only in order to interpose.
She said that to please you, the girl answered; conscious, however, of the inadequacy of the explanation.
To please me by deceiving me? She knows me better. Am I pleased today?
I dont think youre ever much pleased, Isabel was obliged to reply. If Madame Merle knew you would learn the truth what had she to gain by insincerity?
She gained time, as you see. While I waited for her to interfere you were marching away, and she was really beating the drum.
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