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Probably no persuasions would have induced Miss Tucker to return. She had steadily made up her mind that in India she would live and die. Unless, indeed, she should be called elsewhere! At this very time she was deeply interested in the Andaman Islands, over which her nephew, Major Louis Tucker, had been appointed Chief Commissioner. On learning that a Mission among the Convicts was sorely needed there, she is said to have offered herself for the purpose,鈥攊f she could do good by going. Probably she thought of it as merely a temporary thing; as inaugurating, not as carrying on permanently, the work. But at her age, and in her feeble health, the very suggestion shows marvellous courage and energy. Meanwhile Bigourdin beamed over the letter to his elder sister Clothilde, a comfortable and almost opulent widow who lived at Chartres. They had not met for a dozen years, it is true, and she had only once seen F茅lise; but the sense of the family is very strong in France, especially where marriage alliances are concerned, and he had no doubt that she would telegraph, as requested, and authorise him to entrust F茅lise to her keeping. Verily it had been an inspiration. It was a solution of difficulties. The Viriots had given signs of an almost indecent hurry, which naturally had scared F茅lise. A month was a long time. Clothilde was a woman of experience, tact and good sense. She would know how to bring F茅lise to a reasonable state of mind. If she did not succeed鈥攚ell鈥攈e was not the man to force his little F茅lise into a distasteful marriage. In any case he had a month鈥檚 respite. 鈥淚 wonder,鈥?said she, 鈥渨hether you could possibly send up some tea to my quaint little salon. Perhaps you might induce F茅lise to join me.鈥? 鈥業 have told you all this about Hayti, because I thought that, like myself, you would be pleased to know what really became of the characters in Miss Martineau鈥檚 Romance, and one seldom meets with a book which throws any light upon such an out-of-the-way subject.鈥? 鈥榃hat an extraordinary and somewhat romantic position I am in, for an elderly lady, who in her youth hardly ever stirred from a London home! How amazed we should have been when we were girls, if we could have known that I was to find my home in an Oriental palace鈥攁far from all Europeans鈥攁nd itinerate a little in heathen villages! How good God has been to your loving sister!鈥? 鈥楶oor N. N. is not well, so I had no afternoon lesson from a Munshi, but I did a little by myself. Then out into the bright, pleasant air, where I had a nice talk with dear I. and P. After I came in, Mera Bhatija and I had tea,鈥攏ow I am writing to my Laura by lamplight; and when I lay down my pen, I intend to[329] do a little lessons. I have written out my vocabulary very large, so as not to injure my eyes. At 8? I shall hear the bell ring for prayers; and that almost closes the day. 我要看A级毛片_欧美图片 To write the life of A. L. O. E. at this period is hardly possible, without at the same time writing the life of the Infant Church at Batala. The one is almost identical with the other. "I replied in a kind of knowing manner that he would see the Laird presently, and shortly we came upon an Indian encampment by the bank of the river. The Indians were busy among their canoes, skinning some deer and muskrats they had caught. Cramp. On all. 鈥淲hy shouldn鈥檛 it be possible?鈥?asked Corinna with a calm glance. 鈥楾hat remains to be seen. But who are you? Why are you so bitter against me? Why did you bring me here?鈥?