NORƮANGR ABI │ ĆAPTR 30

Caʈrin’z disṗziśn wz nt naćṛli sednṭri, nr hd hr habits bn evr vri industrịs; bt ẃtvr mt hiɖrtu hv bn hr dīfects v ɖt sort, hr muɖr cd nt bt psiv ɖm nǎ t b gretli incrist. Ś cd nɖr sit stil nr implô hrslf fr ten minits tgɖr, wōcñ rnd ɖ gardn n orćd agn n agn, az f nʈñ bt mośn wz voḷntri; n it sīmd az f ś cd īvn wōc abt ɖ hǎs rɖr ɖn rmen fixt fr eni tîm in ɖ parlr. Hr los v spirits wz a yt gretr olṭreśn. In hr ramḅlñ n hr îdlnis ś mt onli b a caṛcćr v hrslf; bt in hr sîḷns n sadnis ś wz ɖ vri rvrs v ol ɖt ś hd bn bfr.

Fr tū dez Msz Morḷnd alaud it t pas īvn wɖǎt a hint; bt ẃn a ʈrd nît’s rest hd nɖr rstord hr ćirflnis, impruvd hr in ysfl activti, nr gvn hr a gretr incḷneśn fr nīdlwrc, ś cd no longr rfren fṛm ɖ jntl rpruf v, “Mî dir Caʈrin, I am afreid y r growñ qt a fîn ledi. I d nt nǒ ẃn pur Rićd’z cṛvats wd b dn, f h hd no frend bt y. Yr hed runz tù mć upn Baʈ; bt ɖr z a tîm fr evrʈñ—a tîm fr bōlz n plez, n a tîm fr wrc. Y hv hd a loñ run v aḿzmnt, n nǎ y mst trî t b ysfl.”

Caʈrin tc p hr wrc d’recli, seyñ, in a djctd vôs, ɖt “hr hed dd nt run upn Baʈ—mć.”

“Ɖen y r fretñ abt Jenṛl Tilni, n ɖt z vri simpl v y; fr ten t wn ẃɖr y evr si him agn. Y śd nvr fret abt trîflz.” Aftr a śort sîḷns—“I hop, mî Caʈrin, y r nt gtñ ǎt v hymr wɖ hom bcz it z nt so grand az Norʈangr. Ɖt wd b trnñ yr vizit intu an īvl indd. Ẃrvr y r y śd olwz b cntntd, bt ispeśli at hom, bcz ɖr y mst spend ɖ most v yr tîm. I dd nt qt lîc, at brecfst, t hír y tōc so mć abt ɖ Frenć bred at Norʈangr.”

“I am śr I d nt cer abt ɖ bred. It z ol ɖ sem t m ẃt I īt.”

“Ɖr z a vri clevr ese in wn v ɖ bcs upsterz upn mć sć a subjict, abt yuñ grlz ɖt hv bn spôlt fr hom bî gret aqentns—Ɖ Mirr, I ʈnc. I wl lc it ǎt fr y sm de or uɖr, bcz I am śr it wl d y gd.”

Caʈrin sd no mor, n, wɖ an indevr t d rît, aplaid t hr wrc; bt, aftr a fy minits, sunc agn, wɖǎt nwñ it hrslf, intu langr n listlisnis, muvñ hrslf in hr ćer, fṛm ɖ iriteśn v wirinis, mć of̣nr ɖn ś muvd hr nīdl. Msz Morḷnd woćt ɖ progres v ɖs rlaps; n siyñ, in hr dōtr’z absnt n dșaṭsfaid lc, ɖ fl prūf v ɖt rpînñ spirit t ẃć ś hd nǎ bgun t atribyt hr wont v ćirflnis, hesṭli left ɖ rūm t feć ɖ bc in qsćn, añśs t lūz no tîm in atacñ so dredfl a maḷdi. It wz sm tîm bfr ś cd fînd ẃt ś lct fr; n uɖr faṃli matrz ocŕñ t dten hr, a qortr v an aur hd ilapst e’r ś rtrnd dǎnsterz wɖ ɖ volym fṛm ẃć so mć wz hopt. Hr aṿceśnz abv hvñ śut ǎt ol nôz bt ẃt ś crietd hrslf, ś ń nt ɖt a vizitr hd arîvd wɖn ɖ last fy minits, tl, on enṭrñ ɖ rūm, ɖ frst objict ś bheld wz a yuñ man hūm ś hd nvr sìn bfr. Wɖ a lc v mć rspct, h imījtli rouz, n biyñ intṛdyst t hr bî hr conśs dōtr az “Mr Henri Tilni,” wɖ ɖ imbaṛsmnt v riyl snsbiḷti bgan t apoḷjîz fr hiz apiṛns ɖr, acnoḷjñ ɖt aftr ẃt hd pást h hd litl rît t xpct a welcm at Fŭḷtn, n stetñ hiz impeśns t b aśurd v Mis Morḷnd’z hvñ rīćt hr hom in sefti, az ɖ cōz v hiz intruźn. H dd nt adres himslf t an uncandid juj or a rzntfl hart. Far fṛm comprihndñ him or hiz sistr in ɖer faɖr’z msconduct, Msz Morḷnd hd bn olwz cîndli dspozd twdz ć, n instntli, plizd bî hiz apiṛns, rsivd him wɖ ɖ simpl pṛfeśnz v un’fctd bnevḷns; ʈancñ him fr sć an atnśn t hr dōtr, aśurñ him ɖt ɖ frendz v hr ćildṛn wr olwz welcm ɖr, n intritñ him t se nt anɖr wrd v ɖ past.

H wz nt il-inclînd t obe ɖs rqst, fr, ɖo hiz hart wz gretli rlivd bî sć unlŭct-fr mîldnis, it wz nt jst at ɖt momnt in hiz pǎr t se enʈñ t ɖ prṗs. Rtrnñ in sîḷns t hiz sīt, ɖrfr, h rmend fr sm minits most siṿli anṣrñ ol Msz Morḷnd’z comn rmarcs abt ɖ weɖr n rodz. Caʈrin mnẃl—ɖ añśs, ajtetd, hapi, fīṿriś Caʈrin—sd nt a wrd; bt hr glowñ ćīc n brîtnd î md hr muɖr trust ɖt ɖs gd-nećrd vizit wd at līst set hr hart at īz fr a tîm, n gladli ɖrfr dd ś le asd ɖ frst volym v Ɖ Mirr fr a fyćr aur.

Dzîṛs v Mr Morḷnd’z asistns, az wel in gvñ incurijmnt, az in fîndñ convseśn fr hr gest, huz imbaṛsmnt on hiz faɖr’z acǎnt ś ŕṇstli pitid, Msz Morḷnd hd vri rli dspaćt wn v ɖ ćildṛn t sumn him; bt Mr Morḷnd wz fṛm hom—n biyñ ɖus wɖǎt eni s’port, at ɖ end v a qortr v an aur ś hd nʈñ t se. Aftr a cupl v minits’ unbrocn sîḷns, Henri, trnñ t Caʈrin fr ɖ frst tîm sins hr muɖr’z entṛns, asct hr, wɖ sudn alacṛti, f Mr n Msz Aḷn wr nǎ at Fŭḷtn? N on dveḷpñ, fṛm amdst ol hr pplex̣ti v wrdz in rplî, ɖ mīnñ, ẃć wn śort siḷbl wd hv gvn, imījtli xprest hiz intnśn v peyñ hiz rspcts t ɖm, n, wɖ a rîzñ culr, asct hr f ś wd hv ɖ gdnis t śo him ɖ we. “Y me si ɖ hǎs fṛm ɖs windo, sr,” wz inf̣meśn on Sẹra’z sîd, ẃć pṛdyst onli a bǎ v acnoḷjmnt fṛm ɖ jntlmn, n a sîḷnsñ nod fṛm hr muɖr; fr Msz Morḷnd, ʈncñ it probbl, az a secndri cnsiḍreśn in hiz wś v wêtñ on ɖer wrɖi nebrz, ɖt h mt hv sm xpḷneśn t gv v hiz faɖr’z bhevyr, ẃć it mst b mor pleznt fr him t cḿṇcet onli t Caʈrin, wd nt on eni acǎnt privnt hr acumṗniyñ him. Ɖe bgan ɖer wōc, n Msz Morḷnd wz nt intîrli mstecn in hiz objict in wśñ it. Sm xpḷneśn on hiz faɖr’z acǎnt h hd t gv; bt hiz frst prṗs wz t xplen himslf, n bfr ɖe rīćt Mr Aḷn’z grǎndz h hd dn it so wel ɖt Caʈrin dd nt ʈnc it cd evr b rpitd tù ofn. Ś wz aśurd v hiz afx́n; n ɖt hart in rtrn wz s’liṣtd, ẃć, phps, ɖe priti īqli ń wz olrdi intîrli hiz ǒn; fr, ɖo Henri wz nǎ s’nsirli ataćt t hr, ɖo h flt n dlîtd in ol ɖ xḷnsiz v hr caṛctr n trūli luvd hr ssayti, I mst cnfes ɖt hiz afx́n orijnetd in nʈñ betr ɖn grattyd, or, in uɖr wrdz, ɖt a psweźn v hr parśiaḷti fr him hd bn ɖ onli cōz v gvñ hr a sirịs ʈt. It z a ny srcmstans in romans, I acnolij, n dredf̣li d’rogṭri v an herǒin’z digṇti; bt f it b az ny in comn lîf, ɖ credit v a wîld imaɉneśn wl at līst b ol mî ǒn.

A vri śort vizit t Msz Aḷn, in ẃć Henri tōct at randm, wɖǎt sns or cnx́n, n Caʈrin, rapt in ɖ contmpleśn v hr ǒn unutṛbl hapinis, scersli opnd hr lips, dsmist ɖm t ɖ xṭsiz v anɖr tete-a-tete; n bfr it wz sufrd t cloz, ś wz inebld t juj hǎ far h wz sañśnd bî p’rentl oʈoṛti in hiz preznt apḷceśn. On hiz rtrn fṛm Wŭdstn, tū dez bfr, h hd bn met nir ɖ abi bî hiz impeśnt faɖr, hesṭli informd in angri trmz v Mis Morḷnd’z dparćr, n ordrd t ʈnc v hr no mor.

Sć wz ɖ pmiśn upn ẃć h hd nǎ ofrd hr hiz hand. Ɖ afrîtd Caʈrin, amdst ol ɖ terrz v xpcteśn, az ś lisnd t ɖs acǎnt, cd nt bt rjôs in ɖ cînd cōśn wɖ ẃć Henri hd sevd hr fṛm ɖ nseṣti v a conśienśs rjx́n, bî ingejñ hr feʈ bfr h mnśnd ɖ subjict; n az h pṛsidd t gv ɖ ptiklrz, n xplen ɖ motivz v hiz faɖr’z cnduct, hr fīlñz sn hardnd intu īvn a trîumfnt dlît. Ɖ jenṛl hd hd nʈñ t akz hr v, nʈñ t le t hr ćarj, bt hr biyñ ɖ invoḷntri, unconśs objict v a dspśn ẃć hiz prîd cd nt pardn, n ẃć a betr prîd wd hv bn aśemd t ǒn. Ś wz gilti onli v biyñ les rić ɖn h hd s’pozd hr t b. Undr a mstecn psweźn v hr pześnz n clemz, h hd cortd hr aqentns in Baʈ, s’liṣtd hr cumṗni at Norʈangr, n dzînd hr fr hiz dōtr-in-lw. On dscuṿrñ hiz err, t trn hr fṛm ɖ hǎs sīmd ɖ bst, ɖo t hiz fīlñz an inadiqt prūf v hiz rzntmnt twdz hrslf, n hiz cntmt v hr faṃli.

Jon Ʈorp hd frst msléd him. Ɖ jenṛl, psivñ hiz sun wn nît at ɖ ʈiytr t b peyñ cnsidṛbl atnśn t Mis Morḷnd, hd axdntli inqîrd v Ʈorp f h ń mor v hr ɖn hr nem. Ʈorp, most hapi t b on spīcñ trmz wɖ a man v Jenṛl Tilni’z importns, hd bn jôf̣li n prǎdli cḿnic̣tiv; n biyñ at ɖt tîm nt onli in dêli xpcteśn v Morḷnd’z ingejñ Iẓbela, bt lîcwz priti wel rzolvd upn mariyñ Caʈrin himslf, hiz vaṇti indyst him t repriznt ɖ faṃli az yt mor wlʈi ɖn hiz vaṇti n aṿris hd md him b’liv ɖm. Wɖ hūmsoevr h wz, or wz lîcli t b cnctd, hiz ǒn consiqns olwz rqîrd ɖt ɖerz śd b gret, n az hiz intiṃsi wɖ eni aqentns grù, so reğlrli grù ɖer fortyn. Ɖ xpcteśnz v hiz frend Morḷnd, ɖrfr, fṛm ɖ frst oṿretd, hd evr sins hiz intṛdux́n t Iẓbela bn graɉli incrisñ; n bî mirli adñ twîs az mć fr ɖ granjr v ɖ momnt, bî dublñ ẃt h ćouz t ʈnc ɖ amǎnt v Mr Morḷnd’z prifŕmnt, treblñ hiz prîvt fortyn, bstowñ a rić ānt, n sncñ haf ɖ ćildṛn, h wz ebl t repriznt ɖ hol faṃli t ɖ jenṛl in a most rspctbl lît. Fr Caʈrin, hvr, ɖ pkłr objict v ɖ jenṛl’z krioṣti, n hiz ǒn spekleśnz, h hd yt smʈñ mor in rzrv, n ɖ ten or fiftīn ʈǎznd pǎndz ẃć hr faɖr cd gv hr wd b a priti adiśn t Mr Aḷn’z istet. Hr intiṃsi ɖr hd md him sirịsli dtrmin on hr biyñ hansmli leġsid hiraftr; n t spīc v hr ɖrfr az ɖ olmst acnolijd fyćr érés v Fŭḷtn naćṛli foloud. Upn sć intelijns ɖ jenṛl hd pṛsidd; fr nvr hd it ocŕd t him t dǎt its oʈoṛti. Ʈorp’s inṭrest in ɖ faṃli, bî hiz sistr’z aproćñ cnx́n wɖ wn v its membrz, n hiz ǒn vyz on anɖr (srcmstansz v ẃć h bostd wɖ olmst īql opņis), sīmd sfiśnt vǎćrz fr hiz truʈ; n t ɖz wr add ɖ abṣlut facts v ɖ Aḷnz biyñ wlʈi n ćîldlis, v Mis Morḷnd’z biyñ undr ɖer cer, n—az sn az hiz aqentns alaud him t juj—v ɖer trītñ hr wɖ p’rentl cîndnis. Hiz reẓluśn wz sn formd. Olrdi hd h dsrnd a lîcñ twdz Mis Morḷnd in ɖ cǎntinns v hiz sun; n ʈancfl fr Mr Ʈorp’s cḿṇceśn, h olmst instntli dtrmind t sper no penz in wìcnñ hiz bostd inṭrest n ruinñ hiz dirist hops. Caʈrin hrslf cd nt b mor ignṛnt at ɖ tîm v ol ɖs, ɖn hiz ǒn ćildṛn. Henri n Eḷnr, psivñ nʈñ in hr sićueśn lîcli t ingej ɖer faɖr’z ptiklr rspct, hd sìn wɖ astoniśmnt ɖ sudņis, cntinẏns, n xtnt v hiz atnśn; n ɖo latrli, fṛm sm hints ẃć hd acumṗnid an olmst poẓtiv cmand t hiz sun v dwñ evrʈñ in hiz pǎr t atać hr, Henri wz cnvinst v hiz faɖr’z b’livñ it t b an advntejs cnx́n, it wz nt tl ɖ lêt xpḷneśn at Norʈangr ɖt ɖe hd ɖ smōlist îdīa v ɖ fōls calkleśnz ẃć hd hurid him on. Ɖt ɖe wr fōls, ɖ jenṛl hd lrnt fṛm ɖ vri prsn hu hd sjstd ɖm, fṛm Ʈorp himslf, hūm h hd ćanst t mīt agn in tǎn, n hu, undr ɖ inflụns v xacli oṗzit fīlñz, iritetd bî Caʈrin’z rfyzl, n yt mor bî ɖ fełr v a vri rīsnt indevr t acumpliś a recnsilieśn btwn Morḷnd n Iẓbela, cnvinst ɖt ɖe wr seṗretd fr evr, n sprnñ a frendśp ẃć cd b no longr srvisbl, hesnd t contṛdict ol ɖt h hd sd bfr t ɖ advantij v ɖ Morḷndz—cnfest himslf t hv bn toṭli mstecn in hiz opińn v ɖer srcmstansz n caṛctr, msléd bî ɖ roḍmonted v hiz frend t b’liv hiz faɖr a man v substns n credit, ẃr-az ɖ trnzax́nz v ɖ tū or ʈri last wīcs pruvd him t b nɖr; fr aftr cmñ īgrli fwd on ɖ frst oṿćr v a marij btwn ɖ faṃliz, wɖ ɖ most libṛl pṛpozlz, h hd, on biyñ bròt t ɖ pônt bî ɖ śrūdnis v ɖ rletr, bn cnstrend t acnolij himslf inceṗbl v gvñ ɖ yuñ ppl īvn a dīsnt s’port. Ɖe wr, in fact, a nsesiṭs faṃli; ńmṛs, tù, olmst bynd xampl; bî no mīnz rspctd in ɖer ǒn nebrhd, az h hd letli hd ptiklr oṗtyṇtiz v dscuṿrñ; emñ at a stîl v lîf ẃć ɖer fortyn cd nt woṛnt; sīcñ t betr ɖmslvz bî wlʈi cnx́nz; a fwd, bragñ, scīmñ res.

Ɖ teṛfaid jenṛl pṛnǎnst ɖ nem v Aḷn wɖ an inqîrñ lc; n hir tù Ʈorp hd lrnt hiz err. Ɖ Aḷnz, h b’livd, hd livd nir ɖm tù loñ, n h ń ɖ yuñ man on hūm ɖ Fŭḷtn istet mst dvolv. Ɖ jenṛl nīdd no mor. Inrejd wɖ olmst evrbdi in ɖ wrld bt himslf, h set ǎt ɖ nxt de fr ɖ abi, ẃr hiz pformnsz hv bn sìn.

I līv it t mî rīdr’z sgaṣti t dtrmin hǎ mć v ol ɖs it wz poṣbl fr Henri t cḿṇcet at ɖs tîm t Caʈrin, hǎ mć v it h cd hv lrnt fṛm hiz faɖr, in ẃt pônts hiz ǒn cnjcćrz mt asist him, n ẃt porśn mst yt rmen t b tld in a letr fṛm Jemz. I hv ynîtd fr ɖer īz ẃt ɖe mst dvîd fr mîn. Caʈrin, at eni ret, hŕd inuf t fīl ɖt in sspctñ Jenṛl Tilni v îɖr mrḍrñ or śutñ p hiz wîf, ś hd scersli sind agnst hiz caṛctr, or magṇfaid hiz cruwlti.

Henri, in hvñ sć ʈñz t rlet v hiz faɖr, wz olmst az pitịbl az in ɖer frst avawl t himslf. H bluśt fr ɖ naro-mîndd cǎnsl ẃć h wz oblîjd t xpoz. Ɖ convseśn btwn ɖm at Norʈangr hd bn v ɖ most unfrendli cnd. Henri’z inḍgneśn on hírñ hǎ Caʈrin hd bn trītd, on comprihndñ hiz faɖr’z vyz, n biyñ ordrd t aqies in ɖm, hd bn opn n bold. Ɖ jenṛl, acustmd on evri ordnri oceźn t gv ɖ lw in hiz faṃli, priperd fr no rluctns bt v fīlñ, no opozñ dzîr ɖt śd der t cloɖ itslf in wrdz, cd il brŭc ɖ opziśn v hiz sun, stedi az ɖ sañśn v rīzn n ɖ dictet v conśns cd mc it. Bt, in sć a cōz, hiz angr, ɖo it mst śoc, cd nt intiṃdet Henri, hu wz sstend in hiz prṗs bî a cnvix́n v its justis. H flt himslf baund az mć in onr az in afx́n t Mis Morḷnd, n b’livñ ɖt hart t b hiz ǒn ẃć h hd bn d’rectd t gen, no unwrɖi rtrax́n v a tasit cnsnt, no rvrsñ dcri v unjusṭfaybl angr, cd śec hiz fideḷti, or inflụns ɖ reẓluśnz it promtd.

H steḍli rfyzd t acumṗni hiz faɖr intu Herifdśr, an ingejmnt formd olmst at ɖ momnt t pṛmot ɖ dsmisl v Caʈrin, n az steḍli dclerd hiz intnśn v of̣rñ hr hiz hand. Ɖ jenṛl wz fyrịs in hiz angr, n ɖe partd in dredfl dis’grīmnt. Henri, in an ajteśn v mînd ẃć mni soliṭri aurz wr rqîrd t cmpoz, hd rtrnd olmst instntli t Wŭdstn, n, on ɖ afṭnun v ɖ folowñ de, hd bgun hiz jrni t Fŭḷtn.

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