The prospect of Alethea seeing much of Ernest was a serious matter. Christina smelt mischief from afar, as indeed she often did. Alethea was worldly 鈥?as worldly, that is to say, as a sister of Theobald鈥檚 could be. In her letter to Theobald she had said she knew how much of his and Christina鈥檚 thoughts were taken up with anxiety for the boy鈥檚 welfare. Alethea had thought this handsome enough, but Christina had wanted something better and stronger. 鈥淗ow can she know how much we think of our darling?鈥?she had exclaimed, when Theobald showed her his sister鈥檚 letter. 鈥淚 think, my dear, Alethea would understand these things better if she had children of her own.鈥?The least that would have satisfied Christina was to have been told that there never yet had been any parents comparable to Theobald and herself. She did not feel easy that an alliance of some kind would not grow up between aunt and nephew, and neither she nor Theobald wanted Ernest to have any allies. Joey and Charlotte were quite as many allies as were good for him. After all, however, if Alethea chose to go and live at Roughborough, they could not well stop her, and must make the best of it. CHAPTER V. MR. KENYON'S RESOLVE. I don't expect much, said our hero, who thought he would accept for the present, if he were only offered six dollars. Every Saturday evening Mr. Bond will hand you twelve dollars, out of which you will be expected to defray all your expenses. Didn't you? Then I pity you, thought Denton. But he only said: 鈥業 didn鈥檛, I swear.鈥? 青娱乐网站_琪琪色影院_青娱乐最新官网 What a capital quarter-deck this is, cried John Hulbert, after pacing up and down while he listened, and talked, and laughed at Allegra's little jokes about the narrowness of village life. "It is delightful to stretch one's legs in such a room as this, after six months upon a yacht." I will buy you a new ball myself, he said. "There is no call for Oliver to buy one, unless he wants one for his own use." Dat is good, said Mrs. Winterhammer, in a satisfied tone. CHAPTER V.