"Gossipingplace Cardyllian is," said Miss Anne Sheckleton, after they had walkedon a little in silence. "What nonsense the people do talk. I never heardanything like it. Did you ever hear such a galamathias?"
The young lady walking by her sideanswered by a cold little laugh—
"Yes, I suppose so. All smallcountry towns are, I believe," said she.
"And that good old soul, Mrs.Jones, she does invent the most absurd gossip about every body thatimagination can conceive. Wilmot told me the other day that she had given herto understand that your father is a madman, sent down here by London doctorsfor change of air. I make it a point never to mind one word she says;although her news, I confess, does amuse me."
"Yes, it is, very foolish. Whoare those Etherages?" said Margaret.
"Oh! They are villagepeople—oddities," said Miss Sheckleton. "From all I can gather, youhave no idea what absurd people they are."
"He was walking with them. Wasnot he?" asked the young lady.
"Yes—I think so," answeredher cousin.
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