If I have said anything which you think justifies this very abrupt leave-taking
, I beg you will forgive and forget it--or, at least, let it have no more weight with you than the idle words of any woman.
Even the agitation of the leave-taking
, under circumstances entirely new in the home experience of the parents and children, had not shaken the resolute discretion of Mr.
There was not a soul in Randolph Crescent, nor a soul in Queensferry Street; in this outdoor privacy and the sense of escape, John took heart again; and with a pathetic sense of leave-taking
, he even ventured up the lane and stood awhile, a strange peri at the gates of a quaint paradise, by the west end of St.
As he was to begin his journey too early on the morrow to see any of the family, the ceremony of leave-taking
was performed when the ladies moved for the night; and Mrs.
The Digger kept on ahead of the party, crossing and recrossing the river in pursuit of game, until, unluckily, encountering a brother Digger, he stole off with him, without the ceremony of leave-taking
The outline of each dark pine was delineated far in the depths of the forest, and the rocks, too smooth and too perpendicular to retain the snow that had fallen, brightened, as if smiling at the leave-taking
of the luminary.
He questioned her as to her leave-taking
with her late mistress, and she said it had proved easier than she feared.
By all their calculations there was just time for this; but as they drew near the Cobb, there was such a general wish to walk along it once more, all were so inclined, and Louisa soon grew so determined, that the difference of a quarter of an hour, it was found, would be no difference at all; so with all the kind leave-taking
, and all the kind interchange of invitations and promises which may be imagined, they parted from Captain and Mrs Harville at their own door, and still accompanied by Captain Benwick, who seemed to cling to them to the last, proceeded to make the proper adieus to the Cobb.
As for myself, I am glad to have got the bustling days of preparation and the pangs of leave-taking
behind me, and I have no doubt that I show it in my bearing.
On the evening in question the little scene acquired an added poignancy by reminding him--he could not have said why--of his leave-taking
from Madame Olenska after their confidential talk a week or ten days earlier.
She had certainly given him a wonderful smile, both at coming and again at leave-taking
, but had not said a word, not even when the others all professed their friendship for him.
Carthoris was not present at the leave-taking
, nor was Thuvia.