168 TYLNEY HALL. a schoolboy who had neglected his task for a story- book, or a lawyer's clerk who had been detected " Pennirg a stauza when he should engross. Fixing his eyes intently on the water, and pro- fessing to be quite absorbed in his sport, he hoped to escape notice or recognition ; but his manoeuvre was in vain : the passenger crossed the bridge, and, coming to his elbow, accosted him in a voice as familiar to him as his own, " Powers of magic ! Tyrrel transformed into a fisherman ! what do I see ? Raby "Even so, Miss Rivers,"—answered Raby, quite as much embarrassed as his line, which had just en- tangled itself with a bramble ; " and fortunate it is that you are no poor woman, to whom even a chub would be a charity, for I have not a single fin to bestow. " No great trial of temper, I dare say," answered Grace, " though such a result would make some anglers forget the meekness that belongs to the character. You were always confessedly averse to killing in sport, and I perceive you have been fish- ing very characteristically without hook or fly."
TYLNEY HALL. 109 The angler blushed, as he looked towards the end of his line and discovered the deficiency. " I guess how it is," he said; "my artificial insect imitated the natural one so abominably that it chose to settle on yonder willow, and there it hangs, no doubt, with its steel sting through one of the twigs, instead of the gills I intended it to pierce." " What ! you fish, in earnest?" exclaimed Grace, with a mixture of real and mock astonishment, " I can hardly believe my ears. You have neither turned Catholic, nor is this Lent: what eloquent old Palmer has converted you and made you a disciple in his art?" " The gout, Grace, the gout," answered Raby " that has transformed every one at the Hall, It has converted my good-humoured merry father into a terrible tormentor, who has been riding by turns on all our necks, like the Old Man of the Sea. In obedience to his whim, I botched up a May-fly with my own hands, and came hither to catch a trout for his dinner. I wish he may not have to make shift on a minnow." VOL n. I