But, though she could not be brought to say that she would listen patiently to his story, she was nevertheless made to understand that she must see him when he came to her. Aunt Margaret was very full on that subject. A young man who was approved of by the cheap nike dunk high heels young lady’s friends, and who had means at command, was, in Mrs Dosett’s opinion, entitled to a hearing. How otherwise were properly authorised marriages to be made up and arranged? When this was going on there was in some slight degree a diminished sympathy between Ayala and her aunt. Ayala still continued her household duties over which, in the privacy of her own room, she groaned sadly; but she continued them in silence. Her aunt, upon whom she had counted, was, she thought, turning against her. Mrs Dosett, on the other hand, declared to herself that the girl was romantic and silly. Husbands with every immediate comfort, and a prospect of almost unlimited wealth, are not to be found under every hedge. What right could a girl so dependent as Ayala have to refuse an eligible match? She therefore in this way became an advocate on behalf of Tom as did also Uncle Reginald, more mildly. Uncle Reginald merely remarked that Tom was attending to his business, which was a great thing in a young man. It was not much, but it showed Ayala that in this matter her uncle was her enemy. In this, her terrible crisis, she had not a friend, unless it might be Lucy. Then a day was fixed on which Tom was to come, which made the matter more terrible by anticipationWhat can be the good?” Ayala said to her aunt when the hour named for the interview was told her, “as I can tell him everything just as well without his coming at all But all that had been settled. Aunt Margaret had repeated over and over again that such an excellent young man as Tom, with such admirable intentions, was entitled to a hearing from any young lady. In reply to this Ayala simply made a grimace, which was intended to signify the utter contempt in which she held her cousin Tom with all his wealth. Tom Tringle, in spite of his rings and a certain dash cheap nike dunk high heels of vulgarity, which was, perhaps, not altogether his own fault, was not a bad fellow. Having taken it into his heart that he was very much in love he was very much in love. He pictured to himself a happiness of a wholesome cleanly kind. To have the girl as his own, to caress her and foster her, and expend himself in making her happy; to exalt her, so as to have it acknowledged that she was, at any rate, as important as Augusta; to learn something from her, so that he, too, might become romantic, and in some degree poetical all this had come home to him in a not ignoble manner. But it had not come home to him that Ayala might probably refuse him. Hitherto Ayala had been very persistent in her refusals; but then hitherto there had existed the opposition of all the family. Now he had overcome that, and he felt therefore that he was entitled to ask and to receive. On the day fixed, and at the hour fixed, he came in the plenitude of all his rings. Poor Tom! It was a pity that he should have had no one to advise him as to his apparel. Ayala hated his jewelry. She was not quite distinct in her mind as to the raiment which would be worn by the Angel of Light when he should come, but she was sure that he would not be chiefly conspicuous for heavy gilding; and Tom, moreover, had a waistcoat which would of itself have been suicidal. Such as he was, however, he was shown up into the drawing-room, where he found Ayala alone. It was certainly a misfortune to him that no preliminary conversation was possible. Ayala had been instructed to be there with the express object of listening to an offer of marriage. The work had to be done and should be done; but it would not admit of other ordinary courtesies. She was very angry with him, and she looked her anger. Why should she be subjected to this terrible annoyance? He had sense enough to perceive that there was no place for preliminary courtesy, and therefore rushed away at once to the matter in handAyala!” he exclaimed, coming and standing before her as she sat upon the sofaTom!” she said, looking boldly up into his faceAyala, I love you better than anything else in the worldBut what’s the good of itOf course it was different when I told you so before. I meant to stick to it, and I was determined that the governor should give way. But you couldn’t nike heels know that. Mother and the girls were all against usThey weren’t against me,” said AyalaThey were against our being married, and so they squeezed you out as it were. That is why you have been sent to this place. But they understand me now, and know what I am about. They have all given their consent, and the governor has promised to be liberal. When he says a thing he’ll do it. There will be lots of moneyI don’t care a bit about money,” said Ayala, fiercelyNo more do I except only that it is comfortable. It wouldn’t do to marry without money would itIt would do very well if anybody cared for anybody The Angel of Light generally appeared in forma pauperis , though there was always about him a tinge of bright azure which was hardly compatible with the draggle-tailed hue of everyday povertyBut an income is a good thing, and the governor will come down like a brickThe governor has nothing to do with it. I told you before that it is all nonsense. If you will only go away and say nothing about it I shall always think you very good-naturedBut I won’t go away,” said Tom speaking out boldly. I mean to stick to it. Ayala, I don’t believe you understand that I am thoroughly in earnestWhy shouldn’t I be in earnest, tooBut I love you, Ayala. I have set my heart upon it. You don’t know how well I love you. I have quite made up my mind about itAnd I have made up my mindBut, Ayala Now the tenor of his face changed, and something of the look of a despairing lover took the place of that offensive triumph which had at first sat upon his browI don’t suppose you care for any other fellow yet There was the Angel of Light. But even though she might be most anxious to explain to him that his suit was altogether impracticable she could say nothing to him about the angel. Though she was sure that the angel would come, she was not certain that she would ever give herself altogether even to the angel. The celestial castle which was ever being built in her imagination was as yet very much complicated. But had it been ever so clear it would have been quite impossible to explain anything of this to her cousin TomThat has nothing to do with it,” she saidIf you knew how I love you!” This came from him with a sob, and as he sobbed he went down before her on his kneesDon’t be a fool, Tom pray don’t. If you won’t get up I shall go away. I must go away. I have heard all that there is to hear. I told them that there is no use in your comingAyala!” with this there were veritable sobsThen why don’t you give it up and let us be good friendsI can’t give it up. I won’t give it up. When a fellow means it as I do he never gives it up. Nothing on earth shall make me give it up. Ayala, you’ve got to do it, and so I tell youNobody can make me,” said Ayala, nodding her head, but somewhat tamed by the unexpected passion of the young manThen you won’t say one kind word to meI can’t say anything kinderVery well. Then I shall go away and come again constantly till you do. I mean to have you. When you come to know how very much I love you I do think you will give way at last With that he picked himself up from the ground and hurried out The scene described in the last chapter took place in March. For three days afterwards there was quiescence in Kingsbury Crescent. Then there came a letter from Tom to Ayala, very pressing, full of love and resolution, offering to nike high heels uk wait any time even a month if she wished it, but still persisting in his declared intention of marrying her sooner or later not by any means a bad letter had there not been about it a little touch of bombast which made it odious to Ayala’s sensitive appreciation. To this Ayala wrote a reply in the following words: “When I tell you that I won’t, you oughtn’t to go on. It isn’t manly. Of this she said nothing to Mrs Dosett, though the arrival of Tom’s letter must have been known to that lady. And she posted her own epistle without a word as to what she was doing. She wrote again and again to Lucy imploring her sister to come to her, urging that as circumstances now were she could not show herself at the house in Queen’s Gate. To these Lucy always replied; but she did not reply by coming, and hardly made it intelligible why she did not come. Aunt Emmeline hoped, she said, that Ayala would very soon be able to be at Queen’s Gate. Then there was a difficulty about the carriage. No one would walk across with her except Tom; and walking by herself was forbidden. Aunt Emmeline did not like cabs. Then there came a third or fourth letter, in  
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