As a conclusion for this chapter I will copy out a little song which I extemporised for Sylvia on our way home to Yellowsands-- too artlessly
happy, it will be observed, to rhyme correctly:--
She was not struck by any thing remarkably clever in Miss Smith's conversation, but she found her altogether very engagingnot inconveniently shy, not unwilling to talkand yet so far from pushing, shewing so proper and becoming a deference, seeming so pleasantly grateful for being admitted to Hartfield, and so artlessly
impressed by the appearance of every thing in so superior a style to what she had been used to, that she must have good sense, and deserve encouragement.
You cannot think how artlessly
and prettily she assures me of her happiness.
She remembered the likeness between herself and her mother's favourite pupil, as something which had been supposed to exist in past times; but she did not refer to the gift of the white dresses, or to the singular form of words in which the child had artlessly
expressed her gratitude for them.
Beyond sat a pair of humble lovers, artlessly
holding each other by the hand, a somber spinster eating peppermints out of a paper bag, and an old gentleman taking his preparatory nap behind a yellow bandanna.
The room had then become useless, and for some time was quite deserted, except by Fanny, when she visited her plants, or wanted one of the books, which she was still glad to keep there, from the deficiency of space and accommodation in her little chamber above: but gradually, as her value for the comforts of it increased, she had added to her possessions, and spent more of her time there; and having nothing to oppose her, had so naturally and so artlessly
worked herself into it, that it was now generally admitted to be hers.
One, and she was the more juvenile in her appearance, though both were young, permitted glimpses of her dazzling complexion, fair golden hair, and bright blue eyes, to be caught, as she artlessly
suffered the morning air to blow aside the green veil which descended low from her beaver.
Tom thought, "Oh, hang her, ain't I ever going to get rid of her?" At last he must be attending to those things -- and she said artlessly
that she would be "around" when school let out.
Her woman's instinct whispered to her, "Find courage in his touch!" She said to him, simply and artlessly
said to him, "Give me encouragement.
accepted the words as an appeal to him for information.
He, too, had been reviewing the history of their lives-- and had seen her from her childhood to her present age, so sweet, so innocent, so charmingly simple, and artlessly
fond and tender.
She lay looking at him with an eager interest, with a gratitude which artlessly
ignored all the conventional restraints that interpose between a woman and a man.