Do you call this beating you? only tapping your shoulder thus, said she, tapping again more gentlythis is what we expected it would come toyou want to be independentmy father has lived too long for you!
I was going to speak with vehemence; but she put her handkerchief before my mouth, very rudelyYou have done enough with your pen, mean listener, as you are! But know that neither your independent scheme, nor any of your visiting ones, will be granted you. Take your course, perverse one! Call in your rake to help you to an independence upon your parents, and a dependence upon him!Do so!Prepare this momentresolve what you will take with youto-morrow you godepend upon it to-morrow you go!No longer shall you stay here, watching and creeping about to hearken to what people say.Tis determined, child!You go to-morrowmy brother would have come up to tell you so; but I persuaded him to the contraryfor I know not what had become of you if he had.Such a letter! such an insolent, such a conceited challenger! Oh thou vain creature! But prepare yourself, I sayto-morrow you gomy brother will accept of your bold challenge; but it must be personal: and at my uncle Antonysor perhaps at Mr. Solmess
Thus she ran on, almost foaming with passion; till, quite out of patience, I said, No more of your violence, Bella.Had I known in what way you designed to come up, you should not have found my chamber-door opentalk to your servant in this manner. Unlike you, as I bless God I am, I am nevertheless your sisterand let me tell you that I wont go to-morrow, nor the next day, nor next day to thatexcept I am dragged away by violence.
Let it come to that, Bella; then I shall know what to say. But it shall be from their own mouths, if I donot from yours, nor your Bettys.And say another word to me, in this manner, and be the consequence what it may, I will force myself into their presence; and demand what I have done to be used thus!
Come along child! Come along, Meeknesstaking my hand, and leading me towards the doorDemand it of them nowyoull find both your despised parents together!What! does your heart fail you?for I resisted being thus insolently offered to be led, and pulled my hand from her.
Let me first, bold one, said she, apprise them of your visitfor your own sake let mefor my brother is with them. But yet opening it again, seeing me shrink backGo, if you will!Why dont you go?Why dont you go, Miss?following me to my closet, whither I retired, with my heart full, and pulled the sash-door after me; and could no longer hold in my tears.
Nor would I answer one word to her repeated aggravations, nor to her demands upon me to open the door (for the key was on the inside); nor so much as turn my head towards her, as she looked through the glass at me. And at last, which vexed her to the heart, I drew the silk curtain that she should not see me, and down she went muttering all the way.
As it is but too probable that I may be hurried away to uncles without being able to give you previous notice of it; I beg you that as soon as you shall hear of such a violence, you would send to the usual place, to take back such of your letters as may not have reached my hands, or to fetch any of mine that may be there.May you, my dear, be always happy, prays your