13 4 TYLNEY HALL. I quite forgot her skill in palmistry. You ought, Grace, to have shown her that little white hand of yours ; and Ringwood should have had his fortune told at the same time—and Raby too. I will not pretend to say how it is done; but she certainly can see the other side of the hedge. You should have heard her M'ith my nephew when she told him but what is become of St. Kitt's ?" " Stole away, a few minutes after the brown woman," replied Ringwood, " and by this time he is, may be, taking turn about with Unlucky Joe in learning his doom beforehand." The Creole had actually withdrawn himself as Ms cousin described. During the woman's pre- sence he had watched for some secret sign of recognition, or hint of an assignation ; but his expectation ended in disappointment, for he could not even catch her eye. Her injunction was for- gotten. The approaching term reminded him of the painful probability of returning to college with the question which lay nearest to his heart still unsolved ; and he determined at all hazards to follow her, and to ascertain finally whether the
TYLNEY HALL. 135 obnoxious reproach of his birth was to be cured or to be endured. Trusting, therefore, to his own invention for an excuse afterwards, he slipped quietly out of the room, and leaving the company to their own conjectures as to his absence, set forth in pursuit of the wanderer. Possibly the latter anticipated this course; for she studiously chose the most unfrequented lanes and by-ways, and it was finally in the loneliest and dreariest spot of the neighbourhood that the Creole, like Sank held communion with his Witch of Endor.