Just then an officer entered, and the doctor said: 七乐彩12046期预测 [Pg 314] Think of me sometimes, dearest, in the years to come. Think that I loved you fondly. Be sure that I was grateful for all your goodness to me, she said tearfully. 鈥楪ood-morning, Mr Keeling,鈥?he said, with great cordiality. 鈥業 owe you a thousand apologies for intruding, but I have quite a decent excuse.鈥? In the early days of the paper, the proprietor, who at that time acted also as chief editor, asked me to undertake a duty 鈥?of which the agony would indeed at no one moment have been so sharp as that endured in the casual ward, but might have been prolonged until human nature sank under it. He suggested to me that I should during an entire season attend the May meetings in Exeter Hall, and give a graphic and, if possible, amusing description of the proceedings. I did attend one 鈥?which lasted three hours 鈥?and wrote a paper which I think was called A Zulu in Search of a Religion. But when the meeting was over I went to that spirited proprietor, and begged him to impose upon me some task more equal to my strength. Not even on behalf of the Pall Mall Gazette, which was very dear to me, could I go through a second May meeting 鈥?much less endure a season of such martyrdom. 鈥楩ather, you don鈥檛 know him,鈥?she said. 鈥楬e鈥檚 quite, quite unmanageable. You never saw any one so naughty.鈥? 鈥淲hat on earth brought you here?鈥?said Corinna. 鈥淚 was having the flirtation of my life.鈥? When I got back to the house a scene of devastation was in progress, which still was not without its amusement. My mother, through her various troubles, had contrived to keep a certain number of pretty-pretties which were dear to her heart. They were not much, for in those days the ornamentation of houses was not lavish as it is now; but there was some china, and a little glass, a few books, and a very moderate supply of household silver. These things, and things like them, were being carried down surreptitiously, through a gap between the two gardens, on to the premises of our friend Colonel Grant. My two sisters, then sixteen and seventeen, and the Grant girls, who were just younger, were the chief marauders. To such forces I was happy to add myself for any enterprise, and between us we cheated the creditors to the extent of our powers, amidst the anathemas, but good-humoured abstinence from personal violence, of the men in charge of the property. I still own a few books that were thus purloined. He began to be firmly conscious of a wish that Mrs Keeling would appear. Alice鈥檚 pale eyes were fixed on him with an almost alarming expression of earnestness. He took refuge in the pretty jesting again.