"Holmeskirk," broke in Percy, "why, he is a mere boy!"
During the thirty years which Herbert Harmer had been absent, the old place had certainly not improved. Edward and Robert had both been married, but were, like their brother, widowers. Edward never had children. Robert had several born to him, but all had died quite young. The sisters had remained single.
"Never mind the expletives, Harry," I put in, "we can imagine them."
I may here mention, with reference to Lady Desborough's remark about my being an heiress, that Clara Fairthorne had brought the news to school, when Mr. Harmer's intentions with respect to us were publicly announced, and from that time we were generally known there by the nickname of the "heiresses."
"I will go down first, Agnes; you get on with your dressing. I shall not be twenty minutes at most."
THE BISHOP OF RAVENNA.