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【VEC-247】母の親友KAORI

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【VEC-247】母の親友KAORI �


'DoyouknowMr.Rochester?'

'Now,'saidhe,releasinghisunderlipfromahardbite,'justhandmemywhip;itliesthereunderthehedge.'

Ithinkhewasswearing,butamnotcertain;however,hewaspronouncingsomeformulawhichpreventedhimfromreplyingtomedirectly.

Itwasverynear,butnotyetinsight;when,inadditiontothetramp,tramp,Iheardarushunderthehedge,andclosedownbythehazelstemsglidedagreatdog,whoseblackandwhitecolourmadehimadistinctobjectagainstthetrees.ItwasexactlyoneformofBessie'sGytrash-alion-likecreaturewithlonghairandahugehead:itpassedme,however,quietlyenough;notstayingtolookup,withstrangepretercanineeyes,inmyface,asIhalfexpecteditwould.Thehorsefollowed,-atallsteed,andonitsbackarider.Theman,thehumanbeing,brokethespellatonce.NothingeverrodetheGytrash:itwasalwaysalone;andgoblins,tomynotions,thoughtheymighttenantthedumbcarcassesofbeasts,couldscarcecovetshelterinthecommonplacehumanform.NoGytrashwasthis,-onlyatravellertakingtheshortcuttoMillcote.Hepassed,andIwenton;afewsteps,andIturned:aslidingsoundandanexclamationof'Whatthedeuceistodonow?'andaclatteringtumble,arrestedmyattention.Manandhorseweredown;theyhadslippedonthesheetoficewhichglazedthecauseway.Thedogcameboundingback,andseeinghismasterinapredicament,andhearingthehorsegroan,barkedtilltheeveninghillsechoedthesound,whichwasdeepinproportiontohismagnitude.Hesnuffedroundtheprostrategroup,andthenheranuptome;itwasallhecoulddo,-therewasnootherhelpathandtosummon.Iobeyedhim,andwalkeddowntothetraveller,bythistimestrugglinghimselffreeofhissteed.Hiseffortsweresovigorous,Ithoughthecouldnotbemuchhurt;butIaskedhimthequestion-

'DoyouknowMr.Rochester?'

'Toomuchnoise,Grace,'saidMrs.Fairfax.'Rememberdirections!'Gracecurtseyedsilentlyandwentin.

'NonethatIeverheardof,'returnedMrs.Fairfax,smiling.

THEpromiseofasmoothcareer,whichmyfirstcalmintroductiontoThornfieldHallseemedtopledge,wasnotbeliedonalongeracquaintancewiththeplaceanditsinmates.Mrs.Fairfaxturnedouttobewhatsheappeared,aplacid-tempered,kind-naturedwoman,ofcompetenteducationandaverageintelligence.Mypupilwasalivelychild,whohadbeenspoiltandindulged,andthereforewassometimeswayward;butasshewascommittedentirelytomycare,andnoinjudiciousinterferencefromanyquartereverthwartedmyplansforherimprovement,shesoonforgotherlittlefreaks,andbecameobedientandteachable.Shehadnogreattalents,nomarkedtraitsofcharacter,nopeculiardevelopmentoffeelingortastewhichraisedheroneinchabovetheordinarylevelofchildhood;butneitherhadsheanydeficiencyorvicewhichsunkherbelowit.Shemadereasonableprogress,entertainedformeavivacious,thoughperhapsnotveryprofound,affection;andbyhersimplicity,gayprattle,andeffortstoplease,inspiredme,inreturn,withadegreeofattachmentsufficienttomakeusbothcontentineachother'ssociety.

'Grace!'exclaimedMrs.Fairfax.


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