Leonore Stubbs is the daughter of a country gentleman, married in her teens to a business man, who, dying bankrupt three years later, leaves her with no refuge but her father's house. Her sufferings in this gloomy and not over-peaceful environment, and her adventures with the suitors attracted partly by her reputed wealth and partly by a more romantic motive, are described with Mrs. Walford's wonted humour.
that engendered by the tie of blood. To Maud and Sybil their father was simply "He,"--and to catch him out, or catch him tripping on any occasion, the best fun imaginable--but their half-sister suffered from every exposure, and when possible hid the offence out of that charity which is love.
She was not a clever woman, she was in some respects a fool. People would exclaim, "Oh, that Miss Boldero!" on finding which of the three it was who had been met and talked with. There was nothing worth hearing to be got out of poor old Sue. No gossip, no chatter--not even sly details of the general's "latest" wherewith her sisters were willing to regale their friends. Sue was dull as ditch-water and silent as the grave where family affairs were concerned.
She was not ill-looking, nay, she was handsome, as were all the Bolderos; and, curiously, she was better turned-out than the younger ones, for she had the knack of suiting herself in her clothes, which they had not,--but with it all, with her goo