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    She was really so ordinary. Still, it had to be admitted that her suitor came out well from the furtive scrutiny that Angel's more meddlesome acquaintances directed towards him and his affairs. He was indubitably Thomas Thicknesse, Esquire, of Thicknesse Manor, Norfolk, with estates in Jamaica, which he frequently visited; a new florid tomb in a dingy parish church attested to the virtues of Camilla Thicknesse and to the grief of her desolate husband; the childless woman had left behind nothing but silence; she had been a Welch heiress married twenty years before; it was all quite inoffensive and no one was much concerned in Angel Cowley's fortunes, so she went her way and had her will without much opposition.

    The lawyer who had managed the late Mr. Cowley's humble affairs met Mr. Thicknesse's man of business, and handsome settlements were made upon the future wife; even Mrs. Dinnies could find no fault, though she detested the cottage at Twickenham that Mr. Thicknesse had found for her so promptly, and passionately ill-wished her niece. When Angel was alone she felt frightened and depressed, and the image of Thomas Thicknesse appeared before her fancy in sombre and even repulsive colours, while thoughts of her future marriage and her married life seemed alarming and unpleasant. Often she would weep nervously out of home-sickness for the peaceful days now nearly over; she would embrace Mrs.

    Dinnies affectionately and swear that they should not part. But when she was with the smiling, heavy man, she was all excitement, obedience and a half-shy pleasure. What most fascinated her was the fact that this strong masculine creature seemed real to her in a way that nothing else ever had seemed real, as if he were a proper denizen of the earth, heir to all the earth might offer, and she, and all that had ever happened to her, were but so many wisps of artificial moonshine. And have you any slaves? I might write about one of them—a captive King! Do they wear liveries, and shall I ride in a palanquin? It is a lovely island and there is plenty of good society—a poetess would be a great success there.

    Yet it is a long way. I have a large house, I could build you another if you wish. The climate is like Paradise—and there is a mail-packet to England every month. Thicknesse, with one of his sudden, coarse laughs, "you ought, under the conditions out there, to be able to write two or three romances a year. A great deal of time is wasted in this stupid London life. Thicknesse that the Church of England had been established by law in Jamaica for years and that the Island lacked nothing save gifted, pure women like herself.

    The idea had taken her fancy, she saw herself as a ministering angel among grateful thwaitees, as a fair white Queen among lical slaves; both prospects were romantic—how stupid her past seemed in contrast with this brilliant future! Meanwhile she bought clothes; this was her main interest; thwaiets she Fnds with Finnds dressmaker, the milliner, the shoemaker, in the linendraper's or the haberdasher's, she forgot everything, even Jamaica, even Thomas Thicknesse. But in the quiet of the night she would wake up suddenly and think of him, cowering in the pillows, wondering in the dark. How odd it was that when she was with him he seemed to fascinate her completely, to lift her up off the ground, as it were, and carry her along in the air—whirl her off her lpcal, that was what she meant.

    And yet, when she was away from him—alone, not distracted by people or clothes, she felt alarmed, even slightly sick at the thought of him, and even in a state of panic sltus the contemplation of marriage with him—or with any man. Was it possible, she asked herself, huddling in her bed, that there locaal something in vor romantic conventions that she had so glibly and so Findd described? Slutts to marry without love was not only wrong, but terrible? How often had she dwelt on the anguish of a harassed maiden forced into some "unblessed nuptials" from which she had been rescued only at the last moment. Angel had never paused loczl ask locsl if she believed or did not believe in these sensations vor which she had dwelt with such thwwaites to her readers and such profit to herself.

    Now her curiosity, her fear, asked questions that her immaturity could not answer. Sometimes, even during the day, she would feel through her own chatter a cold doubt which would be pointed by a look or a laugh from Mrs. Dinnies, a sigh from Lydia Toulmin, dor by the absence of Martin Heron from her parties. She could not, amid all these distractions, finish her novel, The Golden Violet; fhwaites publishers were disappointed, but she promised the final instalment of her romance before Christmas, and meanwhile she wrote verses for the annuals, scribbling them quickly on the top of a bonnet-box, on her bedside table, or on twhaites knee in the carriage when lcal drove to the mantua-maker's.

    Her future husband escorted her and Mrs. Dinnies on a visit to Thicknesse; it was a tedious journey, disliked bitterly by the old woman, and Angel's impression of the Manor House was such as to confirm her decision to go to Jamaica. It was, she thought, ssluts dull, prim-looking mansion, and the cousins in residence gave but a formal welcome; Angel had seen too much of rusticity when she was a child to feel any desire to live in the country; she preferred to live in town and to sigh after rural delights. Two days before the wedding Thwaitee. Dinnies made a final attempt to dissuade Angel from marrying Mr. He's the most selfish, disagreeable man I've ever met.

    The two women sat in a dismantled room; zluts of the larger pieces of furniture had been sold, some others had been Finvs, a few articles had gone to the Twickenham cottage; Angel's books, pictures, clothes and ornaments were in great sea-chests; the lease of the house was for sale; it seemed to Angel really a shocking thing that her orderly life, to which she had become so perfectly accustomed, should be broken up like this—however was it that she had consented to such an upset? Surely not for the same petty reason as made her throw away an old comfortable slipper because a new, pinching one looked smart and elegant!

    But underneath all her trepidation and dismay was a grim resolve to see this odd, fascinating, exciting adventure through. She looked at Mrs. Remember that you have promised to give htwaites some before you go. Fifty pounds, zluts least it is all that I shall ever get from you. Have you given him all your money even before you're married? Her apartments looked desolate without their furnishings; nostalgia and excitement pinched her heart. She was baffled by the perversity of her own thoughts; she wanted her life to change, but locla like this; she wanted to be married, but not to this man; she wanted indeed to be a different creature from what she was, gor a different destiny altogether from what she had Lonely and apprehensive she began to cry, sitting on the edge of Finfs bed; she was only consoled when she glanced up and saw her reflection in the one remaining mirror; her dress of green and yellow striped muslin with the short puce-coloured jacket was really very handsome and became her very well; she tossed out her foot coquettishly and admired her neat ankle so prettily bound by the straps of her doeskin sandal.

    They were married in Trinity Church, Marylebone; Mr. Thicknesse twhaites two impressive-looking men as his witnesses, and Angel Cowley had a large number of friends to support her; slut was dressed in white sarcenet with a number of jingling little ornaments, many of loca the gifts of unknown admirers. Her easily stimulated imagination threw a romantic haze over the scene; thwxites dreary interior of the trim church was turned by her fancy into a scene of Gothic splendour; how often had her pen glided over descriptions of brides being "led to the altar. The wedding breakfast was at an hotel, Finda Mr. Thicknesse seemed well known and where he was certainly well served; everything was done very handsomely, and Angel drank sherry Fijds port and laughed and cried and had no regrets at all.

    These three people, one living, two dead, seemed to drag at her, to impede her liberty; she had been generous to all of them, but she had never given them affection, and that seemed to hurt now, while the long sustained hatred that she had had for Mrs. Dinnies stung horribly in the recollection; what a Finds local sluts for sex in thwaites brow reflection it was that she had never loved anyone—and why did it come to her now? She had been married a few hours and she was in a smart, up-to-date hotel at Blackfriars; there were two days to wait before the Canterbury Fair left the Thames for Kingston; this interval of time yawned before Angel like a Findz fixed between the old life and the new.

    The place was comfortable, but not at all to her taste; everything was drab and quiet-toned, of a greenish hue, as if one day the nearby river had overflowed into the room and stained everything the colour of dirty, stagnant water. Angel was oppressed loczl the dark prints of the battles of Waterloo and Trafalgar that hung in her private parlour and by the holland blinds adjusted so straight over the long narrow windows. She was agitated also because the clever maid whom she had engaged to travel with slyts had not arrived and because only a few of her thwaitfs were in the hall; the wagonette with htwaites principal pieces of luggage was such a long time on the road!

    Her husband, too, was unaccountably absent; he had left her, he said, to go and arrange everything for her comfort on board the Canterbury Fair, but surely this was an odd time to choose—"just when I feel so lonely and wretched," sighed Angel, "just when we have got married! The sun iin entered this northward room, Funds now, in the late afternoon, it was full Maldivians naked fuckin dull shadow, through which the thick-set figure of Thomas Thicknesse seemed to Angel to loom with a formidable density of outline.

    She tried to be coquettish, to imitate one of her own heroines in gracious condescension towards the favoured male. I didn't know what to do or think! And that woman—the maid—has never come, I told her five o'clock, and only one or two pieces of luggage have arrived. Thicknesse closed the door and crossed over to his wife; for so heavy a man he walked lightly and softly. He took the stiff chair opposite the settee, where she spread her parti-coloured silks, put a shapely hand on each plump knee and spoke deliberately: Everything you could want was to your hand.

    And you desired me to leave you alone—you wished, you said, to recover your spirits. I have told you how many slaves I have—" "But on the voyage—-" "You will have nothing to do but look after yourself. You keeping saying absurd! Thicknesse coolly, "but it does express exactly what I mean—about some other things too. And on our wedding day! Thicknesse, neither moving his position, nor taking his glance from his wife, continued: People would laugh were I to call you Angel—or even Angelica. You have a second name—I saw it on the register when yon signed. Mary, is it not? We will have that, if you please, Mary Thicknesse. You can still have the other name on your books, there it is quite right.

    I don't like them. Ladies in the West Indies don't dress so. You must not have all those colours, ornaments and trimmings. You have had no one to tell you what you should do, and you have been spending money very foolishly, I fear. What else could have been expected? You were from the country and poor Mrs. Dinnies was no guide. Thicknesse smiled, not quite pleasantly, and Angel drew away slightly against the hard mahogany back of the stiff settee. Thicknesse rose with the air of a man who brings a business interview to an end.

    He seemed an utter stranger, this heavy man in the bottle-green coat with the well-goffered shirt frills and high black stock, with the flat comely face with broad features and thick hair brushed up on the top of his head—the neatly-trimmed whiskers and full chin; he seemed quite different from the man who had wooed her with such casual masterfulness, whose every word and glance had held such an air of tenderness and regard. You must learn to separate your books—and the stuff you put into them, from real life.

    Thicknesse appeared to hesitate. They're successful, at least. Well, so I did. Some one pointed you out to me at Lydia Toulmin's and said you earned over a thousand a year by writing for the circulating libraries. I was so impressed that I got hold of a copy of—one of them—and I may say I was most surprised—most gratified. I meant what I said. Now, think a moment, why should I laugh at you? I should be very glad if I could earn a thousand pounds a year. And yellow flowers on it, then a blue bodice and an orange shawl—and there are too many ribbons and flowers on your hat and far too many trinkets about your person. When we arrive at Kingston, you can have everything new and suitable.

    I shall pay for everything. She had bled you long enough. I suppose it has been an exhausting day for you. Thicknesse took her hand, escorted her to the door, opened it, and bowed her out. And the window, curtained in dark blue, gave on to a courtyard, so that there was very little light. Angel looked at herself anxiously in the round mirror above the table with the basin and ewer in white earthenware. Never had she thought herself so plain. Excitement, too much wine and tears had flushed her face in unbecoming patches, her hair had fallen in thick locks across her forehead and the bright colours, the green, blue, yellow and orange, that she had chosen with such pleasure did seem to set off very ill the tints of her complexion; how was it that she had never noticed this before?

    She had already lost confidence in herself; her vague unformed mind hesitated between rebellion and submission. There were boxes on the floor, of that familiar striped cardboard used by her own mantua-makers; under the string of one of them was tucked a note. My darling Angel, Your future husband asked me to order these for you to wear on the voyage. He asked me and Mrs. Minton not to say anything about it. Everything is to your size, but I dare say you won't like them. Your affectionate aunt, Lettice Dinnies. Was she never to be her own mistress?

    Was there always to be someone, not only to dictate to her, but to take her money? The words brought her up sharply in the midst of her fretful outburst; she suddenly saw her situation with horrid clarity. Of course, her husband had all her money, the ten or eleven thousand pounds she had had in the funds, all her savings, which good, careful Mr. Heron had been looking after for her—all the money from the sale of the lease of her house, her furniture, her ornaments—everything! The small amount in her purse represented her sole independent fortune. She had tried on the robes and gowns of her husband's choosing, and found them becoming; she wore one now, grey, with a silver stripe, and she had brushed out her pale tresses, until they were like a length of satin, then looped them up with coral pins.

    Her features, bathed and dusted with rice powder, did not look so ill; she had enjoyed her supper, having eaten, she realised, nothing all day, and her mood became peaceful, even tender. What did the money matter? All married women were dependent on their husbands—besides, she would see, in the future, that all the bills for her work were paid directly to her—he had said that she should have that for herself—her own earnings. He was a wealthy man. She began to be impatient for his return, for she had almost persuaded herself that she had fallen in love with his masterful ways.

    As she sat, with her elbows on the lacquered table after the tray had been removed, dreaming and drowsy, she forgot the vexatious trivialities of the day and her mind became absorbed in visions of romantic love. How often had she written of brides and marriages, of "coy maidens" being led to "nuptial bowers," of ardent lovers clasping their "reluctant fair ones" and how little she knew about it. Her virgin pen had written for readers presumably also virgin and her romances had always ended on the threshold of the bridal chamber, before the long threatened but implacable chastity of the heroine had been sacrificed on the altar of Hymen.

    But Angel had had her secret speculations as to the mysteries of love; although she was shut out from the confidences of matrons, her position as a novelist had given her certain privileges beyond those usually accorded to spinsters, and both Mrs. Dinnies and Lydia Toulmin had given her hints that the idealistic passions she described so movingly in her lovely books were very different from the emotions that really brought together and sundered mere men and women. Now she was about to discover for herself if it was hateful or delightful to be a married woman.

    She walked up and down the room and wished that there was a long mirror that she might see herself full length; her metal stays which gave her such a small waist and so neat a figure irked her flesh, and her stiff petticoats, her grey dress plastered with braidings, flouncings, and padded cords was heavy and uncomfortable; her head ached from the large clumsy pins in her hair; her person, like the room, was hidden by drapery, by ornaments, until its original shape and meaning were forgotten. She went to the window and tugged aside the heavy curtains; the candlelight shone and scattered on the brick wall opposite with an air of dreariness; Angel felt as if she were in prison; she continued to stare stupidly at that enclosing wall, and to dwell childishly and with unbelief on things that she had written about so fluently and that she did not understand.

    With a pang of self-pity she recalled a little round tree of red hawthorn, like a bouquet of flowers, cut and trimmed. It had grown in the meadows outside her father's parsonage, and once, when it had been in bloom, she had lingered there to pull herself a posy of the tiny blossoms. It had been a perfect little moment; as she had tucked the flowers into the bosom of her frock of Indian cotton, she had felt an inner assurance of future happiness that was like an ecstasy. She had looked over the sunny grasses as if she had expected to see them divided by an approaching lover; the meadows had been empty, but her delight had remained unblemished.

    That promise had never been fulfilled; after years of waiting there was only—Thomas Thicknesse. Angel dropped the curtains; the cool night air had set the candles guttering, between the long, straight draperies the bed was a depth of shade; she opened one of her valises and took out the thin sheets of paper on which she was writing her story, The Golden Violet; she was so used to taking refuge in the unreality she herself had created out of her confused and ill-fed fancy. While she was on her knees with the empty case before her, there was a careful tap on the door.

    Angel was too agitated to speak, the door opened and her husband entered; he looked at her quizzically. A wave of incoherent emotion swept over Angel; it seemed to her that nothing he could have said could be as odious as these few silly words; she half rose and committed the first violent action of her life; with a clumsy movement she threw at him the neat packet tied with buttercup-coloured ribbons: Thicknesse, still smiling, and left her, closing the door discreetly. When he returned from the cock fight at "The Rotunda" she was asleep, lying fully dressed in the grey gown of his careful choice, across the prim hotel coverlets, the dim night lamp burning behind a screen on the hearth.

    Thicknesse looked at his bride; his expression was impassive; he was, in his modest way, a philosopher and a man who was used to concealing his feelings; he tiptoed into the toilet closet where there was a camp-bed and cautiously closed the door between Angel and himself. Thicknesse at least was a kind protector, if not an ardent lover, a pleasant if not a romantic companion, and Angel found life on board the ship new and agreeable. Everything was very well done. The fine weather, the cheerful company, her own exciting circumstances gave an air of smoothness and prosperity to the voyage.

    For the first time in her life the young woman forgot her own narrow circumstances and her own small personality. These were washed out of her mind by the sight of the dark blue rollers which surrounded the ship. At first she had been a little squeamish, terrified of possible disaster and death, but she soon became accustomed both to the motion of the ship and to the strange details of this new life. There were some amusing people among the voyagers and Angel found herself receiving all those little compliments which are usually considered the due of a pretty young woman and a bride. Her cabin was well-furnished and a maid who was in the employ of the ship kept her possessions so trim that she was never able to regret the smart attendant whom her husband had refused to allow her to bring.

    Thicknesse did not intrude upon her privacy; he had his own cabin, and, it seemed, his own occupations, and she saw very little of him. But she did not allow this to depress her mounting spirits. His reserve seemed, indeed, but an indication of a suspended romance. He had hinted once or twice, in his deep, mellow voice, of the domestic felicities in store for them when they were in their own house in Jamaica, and Angel was quite content with his pressing of her hand and a kiss on her cheek or temples he gave her whenever he escorted her to her cabin at night. There were gay and agreeable women among the company, and it pleased Angel to play quadrilles with them in the evening and to join them in their light chatter about their husbands.

    She liked being a married woman, and she enjoyed the respect and consideration that Mr. Thicknesse seemed to inspire among his fellow travellers. Her gift of quick, if shallow, observation, which had stood her in such good stead as a novelist, was also gratified by the brilliant play of the light and shade on the canvas of the trim ship as she steered her course through the light breezes over the deeply-cut blue waves and their coronals of foam. Angel liked to see the sharp shape of sails and rigging against the empty blue sky, to watch the long wake of foam behind the ship, to observe the self-absorbed sailors at their work, and to hear their clipped and incomprehensible words.

    After they had been a week at sea, she got out her notebook and began to scribble verses with her usual ease. There were a good many rhymes for "sea" if there were none for "ocean"—save for some very prosaic and clumsy words—"commotion" and "promotion," for instance. Angel was getting on very well in versifying "farewell" to absent friends and descriptions of mariners on the billows when her husband, with a businesslike air, entered her cabin. He asked her, with his usual solicitude, if she felt quite well—and Angel was delighted to tell him that she was in the best of health. He regarded with the same pride as if it had been his own personal achievement the fact that she had escaped the seasickness that so troubled many of the other passengers.

    Not only frail females, like herself, but stalwart men, for hours together, whenever the wind rose and the sea became rough, were confined retching and groaning in their cabins. Thicknesse seating himself beneath the port-holes that showed such an enchanting circle of blue. Thicknesse smiled; he also was a good sailor. This sea voyage had not disturbed his pleasant equanimity, given a wrinkle to his trim clothes or caused him to have a hair awry. Angel greatly admired this neatness on his part, especially as he travelled without a manservant, for the same reason that he had deprived her of a maid—there were so many slaves waiting in Jamaica.

    I thought perhaps you would rather be left entirely to yourself—" He paused for her assurances, which were readily given. She was quite at ease in her new situation. Thicknesse replied in a tone that was rather cold, as well as firm. I don't know whether you quite understand my position. He had eight hundred slaves and several farms or penns, as we call them; he was a person of great consequence in the Island—Lord Chief Justice at one time, he had for years a seat in the House of Assembly. The Norfolk estate came to us through a cousin, and when he inherited them he scarcely troubled to come home, he was so well established in Jamaica.

    In those days everything was extremely prosperous in the Island. It was easy to make a great deal of money, a large fortune, and at the same time to lead a most luxurious kind of life. The rum and sugar trades have been almost ruined lately, but that doesn't concern you. You wouldn't understand it. The Government, of course, and their high taxation and their letting in of the foreigner! But never mind that, since it became forbidden to import slaves from Africa it has been—difficult. He left me a good deal of money, but—well, I got tired of the Island, I came home, I thought I'd establish myself in England.

    My first wife didn't care about the West Indies. That's an old story and not for you, my dear, anyhow. The fact is, I lost a good deal in speculation. I put too much into Thicknesse. It's mortgaged, you know," he ended abruptly. I thought I'd better prepare you. I intend to spend, well, some years in Jamaica. I've got a good steward at Venables, but I ought to look to it myself. Besides, I want to build up my position again in the Island. I think I have a better chance there than I have at home.

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    What had the man really told her? That he was not as Finds local sluts for sex in thwaites brow as he sluuts pretended to be; that he was encumbered, perhaps, by debts and liabilities; that he was going to Jamaica because he could no longer afford to live in England; that she was to be exiled there, perhaps for years; that the trade from which he made his money was almost ruined. Was that what he meant? She rose and walked up and down the cabin. How small it was when one tried to stretch one's limbs! She felt as if her soul as well as her body were confined. She wondered, with an increasing sense of nausea, if he had wanted her money to support his falling fortunes?

    She had so little idea of the value of money, so little idea, of course, of the value of anything. What would ten thousand pounds mean to a man like Thomas Thicknesse? Perhaps it was more than ten thousand pounds by now. She had quarrelled with Mr. Heron, who could have told her everything—she had asked him to put all her affairs in her husband's hands. Angel went where Mr. Thicknesse had sat, and knelt on the flat red cushion and gazed out of the port-hole at the brilliancy of the sea. Dinnies in the Twickenham cottage, she thought of the deserted house in Griston Street, of her London ways and days, of her success with her work, of her modest circle of admiring friends, of the readers who used to send her their fulsome, friendly, encouraging letters.

    She was not sure, however, that she regretted any of these things—it was difficult to work up any sentimental feeling, for instance, for her aunt, and it was delicious to feel that she was her own mistress. Her flicker of doubt, nay, of more than doubt, of sharp alarm, died away. The man had not proved a tyrant yet. She smiled to herself coquettishly; she told herself that he was most deeply in love with her and, more than that, treating her with the most chivalrous respect. What a tribute also he paid to her intellect by endeavouring to make her a partner in his affairs! She was, in the long years ahead of them, to be more to him than his mistress or his housekeeper—she was to be his true helpmate.

    Their union would be spiritual as well as sensual. As her home-sickness passed she turned to her seat at the table and placidly continued her verse-making. At the back of her mind floated phrases that the critics of the ladies' magazines had written of her work. Had they not spoken of her "lofty ideals, her tender philosophy, her pious teaching, her pure religious bent? Her personality, disintegrated for a moment by the interview with her husband, settled again to its self-centred tranquillity. A brilliant mist, like a veil composed of myriads of tiny silver stars, was over the ocean, obscuring the horizon. The sea and sky were one brightness. Angel, in a white cashmere shawl leaning on her husband's arm, sighed with pleasure.

    The ship moved slowly, the sails changing and straining to catch the sluggish breeze. Thicknesse smiled, not reminding her that she had seen nothing as yet. He had already acquired the habit of making no replies to her foolish comments. Through the silver spangle appeared the little Island of Desirada.


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