Chapter 2 Rapport by Chance The Caesar was a thing of itself. My friend John Blackwood had set on foot a series of small volumes called Ancient Classics for English Readers, and had placed the editing of them, and the compiling of many of them, in the hands of William Lucas Collins, a clergyman who, from my connection with the series, became a most intimate friend. The Iliad and the Odyssey had already come out when I was at Edinburgh with John Blackwood, and, on my expressing my very strong admiration for those two little volumes 鈥?which I here recommend to all young ladies as the most charming tales they can read 鈥?he asked me whether I would not undertake one myself. Herodotus was in the press, but, if I could get it ready, mine should be next. Whereupon I offered to say what might be said to the readers of English on The Commentaries of Julius Caesar. 鈥楲ord Inverbroom lives near, does he not?鈥?she asked. 鈥楾hat鈥檚 a wonderful library. Is the public allowed to see it? I suppose not. I would not trust Charles within arm鈥檚 length of a Caxton if I had one.鈥? 鈥業t would have amused you to have seen Margaret and me perambulating the village, going through its muddy lanes; sometimes so narrow that one could have touched the walls on either hand,鈥攐r nearly so. Do not suppose that we walked alone. We had wished to take a quiet stroll together, but this was out of the question. We carried a train with us; and when we had entered a tiny court, inhabited by four families, when I raised my eyes I saw a set of spectators perched on the wall above, like so many sparrows, gazing down on the English ladies. One had not in the least the feeling of being amongst enemies,鈥攐nly once or twice I saw a man look sternly at us. I concluded that these men were Muhammadans, of whom there are, I believe, a few in this village. The Sikhs seem to be a good-humoured, friendly set, who have not the slightest objection to our speaking as much about our religion as we like. Some of the people here鈥攍ike the Pandit鈥攌now Urdu, but by no means all of them. 久久草偷拍自视频观看 鈥楢nd still, o鈥檈r all life鈥檚 changing sea, But why wish to hasten matters, dear? They are very happy as it is鈥攁nd a year is not a long engagement. These high-flown ideas very rapidly developed into extravagant tastes, which had reached their highest point about the time when Herbert Larkins became one of the Duke鈥檚 Own. The regiment had only returned a year or two previously from a lengthened tour of foreign service, and after their long exile in outer darkness everyone with any spirit or capacity for enjoyment had been resolved to take his pleasure to the full. It was expected of the officers of the Duke鈥檚 Own to come well to the front, and this they pretended was a more potent inducement to them to spend money than any hankering after personal gratification. So, with but few exceptions, they launched forth freely enough. It was, with many, a case of the earthen pots swimming with the brass; but all, or nearly all, were determined to do their duty to the regiment and go the pace, or as Mr. Crouch, the sporting quartermaster styled it, 鈥榞o to the devil hands down.鈥?What if any serious financial crisis supervened? Their people would have to stump up; their fathers鈥攑robably by drawing upon a wife鈥檚 provision or daughter鈥檚 portion, and always by impoverishing themselves鈥攚ould pay their debts, but they would have had 鈥榓 high old time,鈥?and the imperishable credit of the Duke鈥檚 Own Fusiliers would have been most brilliantly maintained. Practice and practice until your body language becomes subtleand almost imperceptible. 鈥榊es. I think it does. I don鈥檛 want to make unpleasantness.鈥?