e, she would not have lost one of them.▓ She who had been so constantly active, f●litting like a spirit from one favourite em●ployment to another, now se
emed to live b●ut on one feeling; but her mind w▓as too well regulated to permit its unre▓strained indulgence.Young as she was,● dependent on herself al
痵 family, yet her character, inste●ad of deteriorating, matured, uniting all the▓ outward playfulness of the chi●ld with the inward graces of the woman.
Lor●d Ennerdale’s domestic circl▓e formed a happy contrast to ●that of the ascetic Basil De Vere.His chi●ldren were all married except his elde▓st
st always round the earl.With all ●these Annie was speedily a favourite; a▓nd easily susceptible of kindness and af●fection, Clair Abbey soon became ende●ared to her as home. By a▓ strange contradiction, Annie’s inter●est and affection were, however, ●excited the strongest towards the▓ only member of Lord Ennerdale’s family w
▓ho retained reserve towards her.● What there was in Lady Emily St.Clair to ▓attract a young and lively girl, Annie her▓self might have found it difficult to defi●ne; for not only her appearance, b▓ut her manners were against her.Stiff, ▓cold, even severe, she usually▓ appeared; and when she would at tim▓es relax, and seem about