Mirk Abbey Vol 2 by James Payn Page 1 of 119

CONTENTS
CHAPTER I. MISTRESS AND MAID.
CHAPTER II. CONFESSION.
CHAPTER III. CONTRARY TO THE REGULATIONS OF HER MAJESTY'S POST-OFFICE.
CHAPTER IV. AN UNCHEERFUL PICNIC.
CHAPTER V. THE FINESSE IN TRUMPS.
CHAPTER VI. MR WITHERS WITHDRAWS HIMSELF.
CHAPTER VII. AT EPSOM.
CHAPTER VIII. MISS AYNTON'S THUMB IS TURNED BACK.
CHAPTER IX. THRUST AND COUNTER-THRUST.
CHAPTER X. NO LETTERS.
CHAPTER XI. MR ARTHUR HALDANE MAKES HIMSELF USEFUL.
CHAPTER XII. THE LETTER FROM PARIS.


CHAPTER I. MISTRESS AND MAID.

MARY," said Lady Lisgard gravely, when her attendant had closed the door behind her, "I want to have a little serious talk with you to-night."

"As you please, my Lady," returned Mistress Forest, in a tone which the other, did not fail to mark: it was a very respectful tone - a more humble one even than she was ordinarily wont to use - but there was a certain deliberation and set resolve about it too, which expressed as decidedly, as though she had used the words: "I am ready to listen, madam; but I know very well what you are going to ask me, and I have made up my mind already to answer 'No.'"

"Mary," continued my Lady earnestly, but not without a tremor in her kind soft voice, "come and sit here on the sofa beside me, and let us not be mistress and maid tonight, but only friends."



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