One of the 28th: A Tale of Waterloo: G.A. Henty

ISBN: 9781496087560

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One of the 28th: A Tale of Waterloo:  by  G.A. Henty

One of the 28th: A Tale of Waterloo: by G.A. Henty
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I have written to ask Ralph Conway to come and stay for a time with me. The announcement was a simple one, but it fell like a bombshell in the midst of the party at breakfast at Penfold Hall. The party consisted only of the speaker, Herbert Penfold,MoreI have written to ask Ralph Conway to come and stay for a time with me. The announcement was a simple one, but it fell like a bombshell in the midst of the party at breakfast at Penfold Hall.

The party consisted only of the speaker, Herbert Penfold, and his two sisters. The latter both exclaimed Herbert! in a tone of shocked surprise. Mr. Penfold was evidently prepared for disapprobation- he had spoken in a somewhat nervous tone, but with a decision quite unusual to him. He had finished his last piece of toast and emptied his last cup of tea before making the announcement, and he now pushed back his chair, rose to his feet, and said: Yes- I have been thinking of having him here for some time, and I suppose that as master of this house I am at liberty to ask whom I like- at any rate I would rather have no discussion on the subject.

So saying, without giving his sisters time to reply, he walked hastily to the door and went out. Miss Penfold and Miss Eleanor Penfold gazed at each other in speechless astonishment. So accustomed were they to settle everything that took place at Penfold Hall, that this sudden assumption of authority on the part of their brother fairly staggered them. Miss Penfold was the first to speak: This is terrible, Eleanor! To think that after all these years Herberts thoughts should still be turning toward that woman.

But it is only what might be expected. The ingratitude of men is terrible. Here we have for the last twenty years been devoting our lives to him-not only keeping his house for him, but seeing that he did not fall a victim to any of the designing women who would have insinuated themselves into his good graces, and preventing him from indulging in all sorts of foolish tastes and bringing himself to ruin- and now you see he turns again to that artful woman, and, without saying a word to us, invites her son to come here.

It is monstrous, sister!



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