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Chapter 29
Hark, how the birds do sing,
And woods do ring!
All creatures have their joy, and man hath his;
Yet if we rightly measure,
Man's joy and pleasure
Rather hereafter than in present is:
Not that he may not here
Taste of the cheer,
But as birds drink and straight lift up the head,
So must he sip and think
Of better drink
He may attain to after he is dead.--HERBERT
Guy returned to Hollywell on the Friday, there to spend a quiet week with them all, for it
was a special delight to Amy that Hollywell and her family were as precious to him for
their own sakes as for hers. It was said that it was to be a quiet week--but with all the best
efforts of Mrs. Edmonstone and Laura to preserve quiet, there was an amount, of
confusion that would have been very disturbing, hut for Amy's propensity never to be
ruffled or fluttered.
What was to be done in the honeymoon was the question for consideration. Guy and Amy
would have liked to make a tour among the English cathedrals, pay a visit at Hollywell,
and then go home and live in a corner of the house till the rest was ready; for Amy could
not see why she should take up so much more room than old Sir Guy, and Guy declared
he could not see that happiness was a reason for going pleasure-hunting; but Charles
pronounced this very stupid, and Mr. Edmonstone thought a journey on the Continent
was the only proper thing for them to do. Mrs. Edmonstone wished Amy to see a little of
the world. Amy was known to have always desired to see Switzerland; it occurred to Guy
that it would be a capital opportunity of taking Arnaud to see the relations he had been
talking for the last twenty years of visiting, and so they acquiesced; for as Guy said, when
they talked it over together, it did not seem to him to come under the denomination of
pleasure-hunting, since they had not devised it for themselves; they had no house to go
to; they should do Arnaud a service, and perhaps they should meet Philip.
'That will not be pleasure-hunting, certainly,' said Amy; then, remembering that he could
not bear to hear Philip under-rated, she added, 'I mean, unless you could convince him,
and then it would be more than pleasure.'
'It would be my first of unattained wishes,' said Guy. 'Then we will enjoy the journey.'
'No fear on that score,'