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'Twas strange, 'twas passing strange.
He following day proved stormy, and the little party at Major Courtland's were obliged to relinquish the hope of seeing Colonel Grahame in the evening. Abundant as their own resources were, there was not one of them who did not regret the disappointment, though none evinced more chagrin than Captain O'Carroll. His feelings, always ardent, were seldom either disguised or restrained; and, still in the hope of seeing the Colonel, he went perpetually to the windows or the door to watch the clouds, and see if there was any prospect of fair weather.
Towards evening the sky began to brighten with the hues of the setting sun, the wind subsided, the rain ceased; and, cheered by the certainty of a fine evening, he left the piazza, where he had been walking for the last half hour, to communicate the intelligence to those who remained within the house. When he re-entered the parlor, Major Courtland was alone, and extended on the sofa, indulging the twilight reverie, which long habit had rendered dear and delightful to him.
“ The evening will be fair, sir, and we may expect the Colonel," said O'Carroll.
The Major, absorbed in meditation, made no reply ; and the Captain, after repeating his observation with the same ill success, and adventuring several others which were alike upheeded, inquired in a somewhat impatient tone, if the ladies were in Captain Talbot's room. O’Carroll's accent certainly aroused the Major, for he
depressed his eyes from the ceiling, where they had been watching the fitful quivering of the fire light, and fixed them on the Captain's face, with a vacant look of wonder and inquiry, which sufficiently evinced his ignorance of all that had been said.
“ He has not heard a word that I have pronounced," muttered the impatient O'Carroll; "one might as well talk to that chair!” and he Aung out of the room, and in the pet of the moment, drew the door after him with a violence which jarred the whole house. A loud laugh, which echoed from the parlor, announced that the Major’s reverie was completely banished by the noise, and recalled to the Captain's lips the smile of good humor which his native impetuosity had for a minute chased from them.
When he entered Captain Talbot's room, he found him sitting in an easy chair before the fire, and Catherine and Amelia occupying seats on each side of him.
“ The weather is clearing, Miss Courtland,” he said, breaking at once upon their conversation, “and I hope the Colonel will perform his promise."
Talbot and Amelia looked towards the window with a sort of careless indifference, which seemed to say, they were happy enough without any addition to the party. But Catherine's countenance lighted up with pleasure, and she rose and walked to the window, at which O'Carroll had stationed himself.
“ See,” he said, “it is quite bright in the west, and there is some one coming up the avenue this moment. It is Grahame himself," he added, as the horseman drew near, and assured that he was not mistaken, he quitted the room to receive him. Catherine, however, saw immediately that it was not the Colonel, and the uncertain twilight prevented her recognizing his servant; but in a few minutes O'Carroll entered with a note, containing Grahame's apology, and pleading as his excuse for not visiting them that evening, a sudden engagement which he was under the necessity of fulfilling.
" And this is my reward,” said O'Carroll, as he gave . the note into Catherine's hand, “for having endured
the vapors of the atmosphere with more patience to-day than I ever did in my life.”
“We are all sharers in your disappointment,” said ; Catherine ; " but though deprived of Colonel Grahame's
society, there are still enough of us here to make the evening pass pleasantly away. I have promised Captain Talbot to spend part of it at least with him.”
“ I have no fears that time will not pass swiftly and pleasantly enough in such society as I enjoy here," said O'Carroll ; " but Colonel Grahame has so recently risen, as it were, from the dead, and we have as yet seen so little of him, that I had permitted myself to anticipate unusual pleasure from his promised visit to-night. However, we can do very well without him, at least till to-morrow; so, if you will excuse me, I will just walk half a mile for the sake of exercise, and be back again directly."
“I would accompany you if it were not quite so damp,” said Catherine. " The evening is mild and delightful for the season, and I feel peculiarly inclined to enjoy it after the close confinement of the day.”
" It is not so damp as you imagine,” said O'Carroll, “and the walking will be perfectly good in the forest path. Cannot you wrap up warm, and go ?”
“Do not think of it, Miss Courtland !” exclaimed Talbot. “It must be exceedingly wet after this rain, and
you will endanger your health by exposing yourself on such an evening. Were it any one båt Captain O'Carroll, who urged you to do so rash a thing, I should be inclined to charge him with thoughiless imprudence."
- Thank you, Talbot," said O'Carroll." It would, indeed, be preposterous to attribute such a crime to me! and as I am convinced your motives in detaining Miss Courtland, are entirely disinterested, I will not stop to investigate them. So adieu till my return.”
The heightened color of Talbot's cheek showed that he well understood the meaning smile which accompanied the pointed words of his friend; but he attempted no reply; indeed he had not time to do so if he wished;