Herbert executed his commission promptly enough, and presently returned laden with books鈥攕ome, but not all, of those for which Edith had sent. He carried them straight into the back room. So Oliver is going to Chicago, said Frank Dudley to Roland Kenyon, on the afternoon of the same day. 福彩3d今晚试机号码是 So Oliver is going to Chicago, said Frank Dudley to Roland Kenyon, on the afternoon of the same day. Why should you go back? You will be home sooner with my horse than with the screw that brought you. 鈥榃ell, go on; but take care,鈥?he said. Is that what you mean, father? asked Roland, pricking up his ears. Castle Richmond certainly was not a success 鈥?though the plot is a fairly good plot, and is much more of a plot than I have generally been able to find. The scene is laid in Ireland, during the famine; and I am well aware now that English readers no longer like Irish stories. I cannot understand why it should be so, as the Irish character is peculiarly well fitted for romance. But Irish subjects generally have become distasteful. This novel, however, is of itself a weak production. The characters do not excite sympathy. The heroine has two lovers, one of whom is a scamp and the other a prig. As regards the scamp, the girl鈥檚 mother is her own rival. Rivalry of the same nature has been admirably depicted by Thackeray in his Esmond; but there the mother鈥檚 love seems to be justified by the girl鈥檚 indifference. In Castle Richmond the mother strives to rob her daughter of the man鈥檚 love. The girl herself has no character; and the mother, who is strong enough, is almost revolting. The dialogue is often lively, and some of the incidents are well told; but the story as a whole was a failure. I cannot remember, however, that it was roughly handled by the critics when it came out; and I much doubt whether anything so hard was said of it then as that which I have said here. 鈥楾o shake hands with a hero is indeed an honour for us who never leave our armchairs at home. Let me tell you, Mr. Larkins, such deeds as yours send a thrill through the whole country, and we are proud鈥攑roud to call you one of ourselves.鈥? She had lifted herself into a sitting position, she who had not been able to sit up for many days past. 鈥榁ery likely, my dear,鈥?said her mother, 鈥榯hough it鈥檚 poor work entailing your pictures if you haven鈥檛 got anybody to leave them to. Indeed, I don鈥檛 see how they could be entailed unless you had somebody nearer than a second cousin to entail them for. I shouldn鈥檛 think the law would allow that for so distant a relation, though I鈥檓 sure I don鈥檛 know. Bless me, you鈥檝e put on your new red dress. Whatever have you done that for? Just to sit quietly before the fire at home?鈥? A clue to what, Mr. Bundy? Mr Keeling ceased to address the larch-trees that were the sponsors of his house鈥檚 name, and turned round. So Oliver is going to Chicago, said Frank Dudley to Roland Kenyon, on the afternoon of the same day. Nor I. But I must bid you good-night, my son. I am tired and need rest.