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There were not many who were bold enough to attack him however. He could hold his own always. Nature had endowed him with a good presence and abundance of self-confidence; he could talk well, had a[85] good voice, and was an excellent raconteur. These gifts were naturally of great service to him; not alone for purposes of repartee and self-defence; they were also exceedingly useful in assisting him to obtain that social success which had ever been one of the principal aims of his life. In his boyhood, when he had made his d茅but as a second lieutenant in the Duke鈥檚 Own Fusiliers, he had had an uphill game to play. The regiment was then, as it still aspired to be, eminently aristocratic, and no one was disposed to welcome a Diggle with rapturous effusion. There was nothing against the lad, however, except the possible obscurity of his origin; on the contrary, there was much in his favour. He was modest and unpretending, fully impressed with the 鈥榞reatness鈥?of 鈥榯he regiment鈥?he had joined, falling down readily to worship the principal[86] personages who were its idols at the time. He sought to attach himself to one or two of the most distinguished cadets of noble houses, who were nobodies at home, but made a good deal of in the Duke鈥檚 Own. Diggle鈥檚 hero worship, accompanied as it was by a willingness to bet, play 茅cart茅, and do good turns to his superiors鈥攈e thought them so himself鈥攎et with its reward, and he soon found himself in the position to enjoy the daily companionship and friendship of one or two baronets and several lords鈥?sons. It was long, however, before he advanced himself beyond the rather undignified status of a 鈥榟anger-on.鈥?His friends and comrades were very affectionate鈥攚ith the regiment鈥攂ut they were not so fond of him in town; nor did they help him into society, or get him invitations to their homes. But as time passed, and he gained[87] promotion and seniority, his persistent efforts gradually achieved a certain success. He now took a prominent part in regimental entertainments, was willing to accept all the drudgery of managing balls and parties, because he thus came more to the front. At one rather dull country station he struck out the happy idea of giving dances on his account in his own quarters, which happened to be large, and at his own expense, and this gained for him great popularity in the neighbourhood. It was about this time that he began to lay much stress upon the Cavendish prefix to his proper name; he always called himself Cavendish-Diggle, had it so put in the Army List and upon his cards. Then the regiment went on foreign service, and while stationed in an out-of-the-way colony, he had the good fortune to be selected to act upon the personal staff of[88] the governor and commander-in-chief. He turned this appointment to excellent account. He was soon the life and soul of Government House, developing at once into a species of diplomatic major-domo, who was simply indispensable to his chief. In this way he made many new and valuable friends; a young royalty on his travels, who was charmed with Captain Cavendish-Diggle鈥檚 devotion to his person; several heirs apparent also, and itinerant legislators, who took Barataria in their journey round the world, and who could not be too grateful for all he did for them, or too profuse in their promises of civilities whenever he might be in England. All this bore fruit in the long run, when the regiment returned. He experienced many disappointments, no doubt; for your notable on his travels, so cordial and so gushing, is apt to[89] give you the cut direct if you meet him in his own hunting-grounds, at home. Still there were some did not quite forget the hospitable and obliging A.D.C.; and Major Cavendish-Diggle, at the invitation of one, went into Norfolk to shoot; of another to Scotland to fish; in the London season he found several houses open to him; and he was finally raised to a pinnacle of satisfaction by Royal commands to attend a garden party and a court ball. � Little fore-thinking of this present Joy; And, with courage like that of the knights of Charlemagne, Tho' Cowley's Mistress had a Flame, To hear the dull clock measuring out time, 97在线看视频福利免费,更新最快的琪琪布电影网站,阿v大香蕉伊人免费视频,免费视频在线播放啪 CHAPTER XII I. � Probably no sorrow in all her lifetime, except the death of her Father and the death of Letitia, had touched her so closely as this sorrow; and even they were not the same, because through them she always had still her Laura. Now the sense of loneliness pressed upon her heavily. Whatever she had thought, whatever she had wished, whatever had aroused her interest or appealed to her sympathies, the immediate impulse had ever been to tell it to Mrs. Hamilton,鈥攑erhaps even more during[492] these long years in a far-off land, than in her English life. But indeed from very childhood, from the time when Laura was a little rosy, sweet-tempered, merry maid of four, and Charlotte was a wild-spirited, impulsive, and ambitious child of eight, the tie between them had been of a very unusual nature. They did not love merely as sisters, but as the nearest and dearest of intimate personal friends. What made the one happy made the other happy. What grieved the one grieved the other. Theobald, as an old fellow and tutor of Emmanuel 鈥?at which college he had entered Ernest 鈥?was able to obtain from the present tutor a certain preference in the choice of rooms; Ernest鈥檚, therefore, were very pleasant ones, looking out upon the grassy court that is bounded by the Fellows鈥?gardens.