But these and others of the same description were exceptional. In a general way her steadfast courage and cheerfulness were remarkable. ???To see him so unkind, 鈥業 think the first thought that would have occurred to any stranger, as regards her appearance, was the peculiar fashion of her dress. I remember her in the days of crinolines, standing straight and dignified in her plain dress, without the least attempt at fulness in the skirt. I should think it must have been always so; her individuality and disregard of the world鈥檚 opinion were so strongly marked.鈥? 彩票大赢家双色球走势图 ???To see him so unkind, Short, love! why, eight weeks have seemed an eternity[Pg 236] to me without you; and you honoured me just now by saying that the time had appeared long, even to you鈥攅ven to my liege lady, sitting serene in her palace of art, painting contadinas and their olive-faced offspring鈥攅ven to you, whose love is as a thread of silk against a cable, compared to mine. Even to you, my mistress and my tyrant. 鈥楬er first endeavour on her arrival in India, as she said, was to seek to 鈥淥rientalise her mind.鈥?She noticed everything, watched everything around her, sought intercourse with the people, and tried to think with their thoughts and feel with their feelings, and to realise their position and circumstances, in order that she might bring God鈥檚 Word to bear on them as they were. It was in this way only that she could hope to do them good....鈥? I have in a previous chapter said how I wrote Can You Forgive Her? after the plot of a play which had been rejected 鈥?which play had been called The Noble Jilt. Some year or two after the completion of The Last Chronicle, I was asked by the manager of a theatre to prepare a piece for his stage, and I did so, taking the plot of this novel. I called the comedy Did He Steal It? But my friend the manager did not approve of my attempt. My mind at this time was less attentive to such a matter than when dear old George Bartley nearly crushed me by his criticism 鈥?so that I forget the reason given. I have little doubt but that the manager was right. That he intended to express a true opinion, and would have been glad to have taken the piece had he thought it suitable, I am quite sure. ???Nor scorching Heat, nor budding Spring, 鈥楢ll right. If it is to be war to the knife, so let it be. But I tell you plainly that no one will believe a word you say.鈥? A Patch-Work SCREEN FOR THE LADIES. LEAF IV. Daresby. Are you too my enemy? ???To see him so unkind, 鈥楾he mother still holds her unhappy son in bonds, and forbids him even to breathe the air of our compound.... But even about her we need not despair. I was reading the Gospel to-day with the sweetest-looking elderly woman that I have seen in India. All beauty generally departs with youth, but this woman is really attractive still. She was in bitter grief at the baptism of her eldest son; when the next was baptized she blessed him; and now she is quite ready for baptism herself. Such a sweet expression came over her face yesterday when I reminded her of her former grief and her present joy!鈥?