Lady Laura Standish is the best character in Phineas Finn and its sequel Phineas Redux 鈥?of which I will speak here together. They are, in fact, but one novel though they were brought out at a considerable interval of time and in different form. The first was commenced in the St. Paul鈥檚 Magazine in 1867, and the other was brought out in the Graphic in 1873. In this there was much bad arrangement, as I had no right to expect that novel readers would remember the characters of a story after an interval of six years, or that any little interest which might have been taken in the career of my hero could then have been renewed. I do not know that such interest was renewed. But I found that the sequel enjoyed the same popularity as the former part, and among the same class of readers. Phineas, and Lady Laura, and Lady Chiltern 鈥?as Violet had become 鈥?and the old duke 鈥?whom I killed gracefully, and the new duke, and the young duchess, either kept their old friends or made new friends for themselves. Phineas Finn, I certainly think, was successful from first to last. I am aware, however, that there was nothing in it to touch the heart like the abasement of Lady Mason when confessing her guilt to her old lover, or any approach in delicacy of delineation to the character of Mr. Crawley. Mrs Keeling shook her head. Come away, bonny Boy; come hither. 老北京赛车官方开奖结果 Mrs Keeling shook her head. 鈥榃ill you see to that for me?鈥?he asked. 鈥業t was indeed romantic to travel along that wild path by starlight.... Do you remember the well-known engraving of Una with her lion entering a witch鈥檚 cave? Now, as I jogged along in my duli, while Margaret rode on her white pony, she made me think of that picture of Una. She is so fair, so graceful, so pure-looking, with her chiselled profile and her sweet expression; I could not make out, however, anything that would do for the lion. A delusion, Isa. Lord Lostwithiel is far away from Rome. Come, dear love, let me read to you again, and let us have our good Tabitha in to cheer you with a cup of[Pg 326] tea, and to brighten up the room a little. We have been growing low-spirited under the influence of the gloomy weather. She was very impulsive still; the same eager, enthusiastic warm-hearted being, who had lived in girlhood at No. 3,鈥攎odified, but not intrinsically different. Possibly, in old age, with weakened health, after living practically much alone, the natural tendency to hasty judgments may have somewhat increased. But if so, there was also an increase in the spirit of humility, a far greater readiness than of old to acknowledge herself mistaken or in the wrong. By nature she was not gentle and had not self-control; and physical weakness doubtless often rendered the fight harder,鈥攜et she persevered in the fight with never-failing resolution. You have been reading the story of the woman of Samaria, he said. 鈥業 imagine so, as I was opening the bazaar,鈥?said Mrs Keeling, with some dignity. 鈥楯uly 1, 1867. C. M. T. TO MISS 鈥楲EILA鈥?HAMILTON. Mrs Keeling shook her head. To be their Lover, or their Friend.