Of High Descent
Volume 1, Chapter II.
ELEMENTS OF A WHOLE.
Madelaine Van Heldre had seen the object of Uncle Luke's vexation before he called attention to it; and at the first glance her eyes had lit up with pleasure, but only to give place to an anxious, troubled look, and faint lines came across her brow.
"Why, it is only Harry with his friend," said Louise quietly.
"Yes: flopping and splashing about in the boat. There will not be a fish left when they've done."
"I'll tell them to land at the lower stairs," said Louise eagerly.
"No; let 'em come and do their worst," said the old man, with quite a snarl. "Why doesn't Harry row, instead of letting that miserable cockney fool about with an oar?"
"Miserable cockney!" said Duncan Leslie to himself; and his face, which had been overcast, brightened a little as he scanned the boat coming from the harbour.
"Mr Pradelle likes exercise," said Louise quietly.
Duncan's face grew dull agai