And something also you have of the same animals silent ways of going about its work. You give no warning; you come noiselessly behind, seize fast, and hold on.
This is guesswork; you have witnessed no such feat on my part; in your presence I have been no bull- dog.
Your very silence indicates your race. How little you talk in general, yet how deeply you scheme! You are far-seeing; you are calculating.
I know the ways of these people. I have gathered information of their intentions. My note last night informed you that Barracloughs trial had ended in his conviction and sentence to transportation; his associates will plot vengeance. I shall lay my plans so as to counteract, or, at least, be prepared for theirs; that is all. Having now given you as clear an explanation as I can, am I to understand that for what I propose doing I have your approbation?
I shall stand by you so long as you remain on the defensive. Yes.
Good! Without any aideven opposed or disapproved by youI believe I should have acted precisely as I now intend to act, but in another spirit. I now feel satisfied. On the whole, I relish the position.
I dare say you do; that is evident. You relish the work which lies before you still better than you would relish the execution of a Government order for army-cloth.
I certainly feel it congenial.
So would old Helstone. It is true there is a shade of difference in your motivesmany shades, perhaps. Shall I speak to Mr. Helstone? I will, if you like.
Act as you please; your judgment, Miss Keeldar, will guide you accurately. I could rely on it myself in a more difficult crisis; but I should inform you Mr. Helstone is somewhat prejudiced against me at present.
I am aware; I have heard all about your differences. Depend upon it they will melt away; he cannot resist the temptation of an alliance under present circumstances.
I should be glad to have him; he is of true metal.
I think so also.
An old blade, and rusted somewhat, but the edge and temper still excellent.
Well, you shall have him, Mr. Moorethat is, if I can win him.
Whom can you not win?
Perhaps not the Reactor; but I will make the effort.
Effort! He will yield for a worda smile.
By no means. It will cost me several cups of tea, some toast and cake, and an ample measure of remonstrances, expostulations, and persuasions. It grows rather chill.
I perceive you shiver. Am I acting wrongly to detain you here? Yet it is so calm; I even feel it warm, and society such as yours is a pleasure to me so rare. If you were wrapped in a thicker shawl
I might stay longer, and forget how late it is, which would chagrin Mrs. Pryor. We keep early and regular hours at Fieldhead, Mr. Moore, and so, I am sure, does your sister at the cottage.
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