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Chapter II.4
Back then, complainer...
Go, to the world return, nor fear to cast
Thy bread upon the waters, sure at last
In joy to find it after many days.--Christian Year.
The next day Ethel had hoped for a return to reason, but behold, the world
was cross! The reaction of the long excitement was felt, Gertrude fretted, and
was unwell; Aubrey was pettish at his lessons; and Mary and Blanche were
weary, yawning and inattentive; every straw was a burden, and Miss Bracy
had feelings.
Ethel had been holding an interminable conversation with her in the
schoolroom, interrupted at last by a summons to speak to a Cocksmoor
woman at the back door, and she was returning from the kitchen, when the
doctor called her into his study.
"Ethel! what is all this? Mary has found Miss Bracy in floods of tears in the
schoolroom, because she says you told her she was ill- tempered."
"I am sure you will be quite as much surprised," said Ethel, somewhat
exasperated, "when you hear that you lacerated her feelings yesterday."
"I? Why, what did I do?" exclaimed Dr. May.
"You showed your evident want of confidence in her."
"I? What can I have done?"
"You met Aubrey and Gertrude in her charge, and you took them away at
once to walk with you."
"Well, that was it. She saw you had no confidence in her."
"Ethel, what on earth can you mean? I saw the two children dragging on her,
and I thought she would see nothing that was going on, and would be glad to
be released; and I wanted them to go with me and see Meta's gold
"That was the offence. She has been breaking her heart all this time, because
she was sure, from your manner, that you were displeased to see them alone
with her--eating bon-bons, I believe, and therefore took them away."