Absolute romance, distinctly modern and appealing to the regular novel reader of somewhat uncritical taste, may be found in "Through the Postern Gate." The author has achieved fame in a former story which ranked among the "best sellers."
hour of silence was barely over.
Jenkins, the butler, had been sent into the town, so Martha brought out tea; as ample, as carefully arranged, as ever; and--cups for two!
"Why two cups, Martha?" queried Miss Charteris, languidly.
"Maybe there'll be a visitor," said Martha in grim prophetic tones. Then her hard old face relaxed and creased into an unaccustomed smile. "Maybe there is a visitor," she added, softly; for at that moment the postern gate banged, and they saw the Boy coming up the garden, in a shaft of sunlight.
The Aunt walked quickly to meet him. His arrival was so unexpected; and she had been so lonely, and so dull.
"How nice of you," she said; "with the Attraction gone. But Martha seems to have had a premonition of your coming. She has just brought out tea, most suggestively arranged for two. How festive you are, Boy! Why this wedding attire? Are you coming from, or going to, a function? No? Then don't you want tennis after tea--a few good hard sets; just we tw