At the north-eastern shorelines of britain there's a city known as Monkshaven, containing at present day approximately fifteen thousand population. there have been, even though, yet part the quantity on the finish of the final century, and it used to be at that interval that the occasions narrated within the following pages happened. Monkshaven used to be a reputation no longer unknown within the background of britain, and traditions of its having been the landing-place of a throneless queen have been present within the city. at the moment there were a fortified citadel at the heights above it, the location of which was once now occupied by means of a abandoned manor-house; and at a fair previous date than the arriving of the queen and coeval with the main historical continues to be of the fortress, a superb monastery had stood on these cliffs, overlooking the enormous ocean that mixed with the far away sky. Monkshaven itself used to be outfitted through the part of the Dee, simply the place the river falls into the German Ocean. The valuable highway of the city ran parallel to the flow, and smaller lanes branched out of this, and straggled up the perimeters of the steep hill, among which and the river the homes have been pent in. there has been a bridge around the Dee, and therefore a Bridge road operating at correct angles to the excessive road; and at the south facet of the flow there have been a couple of homes of extra pretension, round which lay gardens and fields. It was once in this aspect of the city that the neighborhood aristocracy lived. And who have been the good humans of this small city? no longer the more youthful branches of the county households that held hereditary kingdom of their manor-houses at the wild bleak moors, that close in Monkshaven virtually as effectively at the land aspect as ever the waters did at the sea-board. No; those previous households saved aloof from the unsavoury but adventurous alternate which introduced wealth to iteration after new release of sure households in Monkshaven.
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Yet do what she could, he didn't get better his mood all night: he was once uncomfortable, placed out, now not having fun with himself, and but he wouldn't cross. He was firm to say his better intimacy in that condominium through outstaying Kinraid. At size the latter obtained as much as move; yet sooner than he went, he needs to wishes bend over Sylvia and say anything to her in so low a tone that Philip couldn't listen it; and she or he, seized with a surprising healthy of diligence, by no means appeared up from her stitching; in basic terms nodded her head in terms of answer. finally he took his departure, after many a bit hold up, and plenty of a brief go back, which to the suspicious Philip appeared merely pretences for taking stolen glances at Sylvia. once he was once decidedly long gone, she folded up her paintings, and declared that she was once rather a lot drained that she needs to visit mattress there after which. Her mom, too, were napping for the final 30 minutes, and used to be basically too completely satisfied to determine symptoms that she may possibly betake herself to her typical position of shut eye. 'Take one other glass, Philip,' acknowledged farmer Robson. yet Hepburn refused the supply quite without warning. He drew on the subject of Sylvia as an alternative. He desired to make her converse to him, and he observed that she wanted to prevent it. He took up the readiest pretext. It was once an unwise one because it proved, for it disadvantaged him of his possibilities of sometimes acquiring her undivided recognition. 'I don't believe you care a lot for studying geography, Sylvie? ' 'Not a lot to-night,' stated she, creating a pretence to yawn, but having a look timidly up at his countenance of displeasure. 'Nor at any time,' acknowledged he, with becoming anger; 'nor for any form of studying. I did deliver a few books final time I got here, desiring to educate you several a thing—but now i'm going to simply difficulty you for my books; I placed them on yon shelf through the Bible. ' He had a brain that she should still deliver them to him; that, at any fee, he must have the excitement of receiving them out of her arms. Sylvia didn't answer, yet went and took down the books with a languid, detached air. 'And so that you will not examine to any extent further geography,' stated Hepburn. whatever in his tone struck her, and he or she regarded up in his face. there have been marks of stern offence upon his countenance, and but in it there has been additionally an air of wistful remorse and disappointment that touched her. 'Yo're niver offended with me, Philip? prior to vex yo', i will attempt to study. in simple terms, i am simply silly; and it mun be the sort of difficulty to you. ' Hepburn may fain have snatched at this part idea that the teachings can be endured, yet he was once too obdurate and proud to assert whatever. He grew to become clear of the candy, pleading face with no notice, to wrap up his books in a bit of paper. He knew that she was once status relatively nonetheless by means of his aspect, notwithstanding he made as though he didn't understand her. whilst he had performed he without warning needed all of them 'good-night,' and took his depart. there have been tears in Sylvia's eyes, even though the sensation in her middle used to be really considered one of reduction. She had made a good supply, and it have been handled with silent contempt. a number of days afterwards, her father got here in from Monkshaven industry, and dropped out, between different items of stories, that he had met Kinraid, who was once certain for his own residence at Cullercoats.