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190 TYLNEY HALL.

would jump at Grace, for I saw him throwing the eyes of

t whole flock of sheep at her; and so would Raby or

St. Kitts ; but Ringwood, though he has father's consent

and everything, turns away from her, confound him, like

musty hay."

There is a saying, which imputes to dogs in general

a disposition to fall on and bite one that is bitten ;

and Sir Mark seemed placed in the very situation of the

unfortunate cur. In glancing occasionally through the

carriage window, his eye had observed some object that the

Creole carried before him on the saddle, and which he at

length made out to be a beautiful small spaniel of the

Blenheim breed. His curiosity being excited, he took an

opportunity of letting down the window and asking St. Kitts

where the little animal was going, and he was informed

that it was destined for a present to Grace Rivers. The

answer made Raby smile, but it gave a fresh pang to the

Baronet ; and, reflecting that Ring wood carried no spaniels

to Hawksley, he pulled up the window again, with a sud-

denness that threatened to demolish the glass.

To Mrs. Hamilton, who had been the depository of her

brother's matrimonial schemes, his movements were no

mystery ; but she was restrained by the presence of Raby,

and did not venture on any remark. The Baronet was not

in a humour for talking, and Raby was soon occupied in

speculations of his own ; so that the three insides travelled

on to their destination as mute as three strange reserved

English passengers by a mail, who have never met before

and may never meet again, and besides have locked up

their tongues in their travelling-bags, which are in the

hind-boot.

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