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TYLNEY HALL. 24-3

after repairing some disorder in his dress, in his own

chamber, he descended to the drawing-room just as Ringwood

extorted from Raby some particulars of his success in

fishing, with the confession of the loss of his rod, which,

as the ownership of the implement was a point of some in-

terest, he was especially requested to describe.

" I took the first that came to hand," answered Raby :

" a dark-coloured one, I think, with silver studs on the

butt-end."

" exclaimed St. Kitts, his

"My own trolling-rod !

equanimity somewhat disturbed by this new appropriation

"it was a Cadeau, too," glancing at Ringwood ; "a

gift from Woodley, of Maudlin's ; but I beg my kind

cousins to consider nothing of mine as my own when they

have a use for it."

"

Spoken like a generous, free-going fellow," said the

Baronet, having just gammoned his "

adversary that's

what I call good action. Book it, St. Kitts, that I owe

you the best fishing-rod to be had between London and

John o'Groat's. It does me good to see you hold so to-

gether, instead of flying off," here he smiled, " like Raby's

top-joint."

This good-humoured speech had its due effect on the

and the latter especially adopted a

brothers and St. Kitts ;

tone of courtesy towards his cousins that was well calcu-

lated to hide his real feelings, whilst Ringwood pursued

the same course, like parties engaged to meet each other in

mortal duel, but who felt it expedient in the meantime to

preserve appearances.

By favour of this guarded intercourse, the day passed

over quietly, but the thoughts which St. Kitts had banished

and staved off in company, revisited him in the night.

At one time, in the character of Death on the Black Horse,

he rode over the prostrate Ringwood ; and then, filling the

holy office of vicar, as a substitute for the Rev. Dr. Cobb,

he read the marriage service backwards, and the Devil appeared

bodily to forbid the banns of marriage between

Raby Tyrrel and Grace Rivers. Anon the brown woman

appeared to him transfigured as one of those ambulatory

sextons, with a cart and bell, as described in Defoe's His-

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