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.Your agent will easily recognise the locality, as it is the ancient chapel of the mansion.The goods leave by the train at 9:30 to-night, and will be due at King’s Cross at 4:30 to-morrow afternoon.As our client wishes the delivery made as soon as possible, we shall be obliged by your having teams ready at King’s Cross at the time named and forthwith conveying the goods to destination.In order to obviate any delays possible through any routine requirements as to payment in your departments, we enclose cheque herewith for ten pounds (£10), receipt of which please acknowledge.Should the charge be less than this amount, you can return balance; if greater, we shall at once send cheque for difference on hearing from you.You are to leave the keys on coming away in the main hall of the house, where the proprietor may get them on his entering the house by means of his duplicate key.“Pray do not take us as exceeding the bounds of business courtesy in pressing you in all ways to use the utmost expedition.“We are, dear Sirs,“Faithfully yours,“Samuel F.Billington & Son.”Letter, Messrs.Carter, Paterson & Co., London, to Messrs.Billington & Son, Whitby.“21 August.“Dear Sirs,—“We beg to acknowledge £10 received and to return cheque £1 17s.9d, amount of overplus, as shown in receipted account herewith.Goods are delivered in exact accordance with instructions, and keys left in parcel in main hall, as directed.“We are, dear Sirs,“Yours respectfully.“Pro Carter, Paterson & Co.”Mina Murray’s Journal.18 August.—I am happy to-day, and write sitting on the seat in the churchyard.Lucy is ever so much better.Last night she slept well all night, and did not disturb me once.The roses seem coming back already to her cheeks, though she is still sadly pale and wan-looking.If she were in any way anæmic I could understand it, but she is not.She is in gay spirits and full of life and cheerfulness.All the morbid reticence seems to have passed from her, and she has just reminded me, as if I needed any reminding, of that night, and that it was here, on this very seat, I found her asleep.As she told me she tapped playfully with the heel of her boot on the stone slab and said:—“My poor little feet didn’t make much noise then! I daresay poor old Mr.Swales would have told me that it was because I didn’t want to wake up Geordie.” As she was in such a communicative humour, I asked her if she had dreamed at all that night.Before she answered, that sweet, puckered look came into her forehead, which Arthur—I call him Arthur from her habit—says he loves; and, indeed, I don’t wonder that he does.Then she went on in a half-dreaming kind of way, as if trying to recall it to herself:—“I didn’t quite dream; but it all seemed to be real.I only wanted to be here in this spot—I don’t know why, for I was afraid of something—I don’t know what.I remember, though I suppose I was asleep, passing through the streets and over the bridge.A fish leaped as I went by, and I leaned over to look at it, and I heard a lot of dogs howling—the whole town seemed as if it must be full of dogs all howling at once—as I went up the steps.Then I had a vague memory of something long and dark with red eyes, just as we saw in the sunset, and something very sweet and very bitter all around me at once; and then I seemed sinking into deep green water, and there was a singing in my ears, as I have heard there is to drowning men; and then everything seemed passing away from me; my soul seemed to go out from my body and float about the air.I seem to remember that once the West Lighthouse was right under me, and then there was a sort of agonising feeling, as if I were in an earthquake, and I came back and found you shaking my body.I saw you do it before I felt you.”Then she began to laugh.It seemed a little uncanny to me, and I listened to her breathlessly.I did not quite like it, and thought it better not to keep her mind on the subject, so we drifted on to other subjects, and Lucy was like her old self again.When we got home the fresh breeze had braced her up, and her pale cheeks were really more rosy.Her mother rejoiced when she saw her, and we all spent a very happy evening together.19 August.—Joy, joy, joy! although not all joy.At last, news of Jonathan.The dear fellow has been ill; that is why he did not write.I am not afraid to think it or say it, now that I know.Mr.Hawkins sent me on the letter, and wrote himself, oh, so kindly.I am to leave in the morning and go over to Jonathan, and to help to nurse him if necessary, and to bring him home.Mr.Hawkins says it would not be a bad thing if we were to be married out there.I have cried over the good Sister’s letter till I can feel it wet against my bosom, where it lies.It is of Jonathan, and must be next my heart, for he is in my heart.My journey is all mapped out, and my luggage ready.I am only taking one change of dress; Lucy will bring my trunk to London and keep it till I send for it, for it may be that.I must write no more; I must keep it to say to Jonathan, my husband.The letter that he has seen and touched must comfort me till we meet.Letter, Sister Agatha, Hospital of St.Joseph and Ste.Mary, Buda-Pesth, to Miss Wilhelmina Murray.“12 August.“Dear Madam,—“I write by desire of Mr.Jonathan Harker, who is himself not strong enough to write, though progressing well, thanks to God and St.Joseph and Ste.Mary.He has been under our care for nearly six weeks, suffering from a violent brain fever.He wishes me to convey his love, and to say that by this post I write for him to Mr.Peter Hawkins, Exeter, to say, with his dutiful respects, that he is sorry for his delay, and that all of his work is completed.He will require some few weeks’ rest in our sanatorium in the hills, but will then return.He wishes me to say that he has not sufficient money with him, and that he would like to pay for his staying here, so that others who need shall not be wanting for help.“Believe me,“Yours, with sympathy and all blessings,“Sister Agatha.“P.S.—My patient being asleep, I open this to let you know something more.He has told me all about you, and that you are shortly to be his wife.All blessings to you both! He has had some fearful shock—so says our doctor—and in his delirium his ravings have been dreadful; of wolves and poison and blood; of ghosts and demons; and I fear to say of what [ Pobierz całość w formacie PDF ]