, however, without taking any further notice of the duke's ill-humor, led the princesses into the quarter-deck cabin, where dinner had been served with a magnificence worthy in every respect of his guests.
It succeeded, however; and though Sir Walter must ever look with an evil eye on anyone intending to inhabit that house, and think them infinitely too well off in being permitted to rent it on the highest terms, he was talked into allowing Mr Shepherd to proceed in the treaty, and authorising him to wait on Admiral Croft, who still remained at Taunton, and fix a day for the house being seen.
Sir Walter was not very wise; but still he had experience enough of the world to feel, that a more unobjectionable tenant, in all essentials, than Admiral Croft bid fair to be, could hardly offer.
. We would not hurry you in your decision.
"There are the tales, of course," said the Admiral, shrugging his shoulders; "and some of them, I don't deny, on evidence as decent as one ever gets for such things.
But the antiquarian superstition in Fanshaw was still quivering, and he said hastily: "But, Admiral, what's that hissing noise quite near the island?
"It's more like what it is," said the Admiral, laughing as he led the way; "it's only some canoe going by."
"DEAR ADMIRAL BARTRAM -- When you open my Will (in which you are named my sole executor), you will find that I have bequeathed the whole residue of my estate -- after payment of one legacy of five thousand pounds -- to yourself.
"Believe me, dear Admiral Bartram, affectionately yours,
"A very promising young officer, I should think," the Admiral continued, "and a very sad death.
"You can take him with you, if you like," the Admiral declared, also rising to his feet.
Mary refrained from saying what she felt, that there could not be two persons in existence whose characters and manners were less accordant: time would discover it to him; but she could not help this reflection on the Admiral
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