FIRST PERIOD: THE LOSS OF THE DIAMOND (1848)
8. CHAPTER VIII
On the twentieth, there came a note from Mr. Godfrey. He had arranged to stop
at Frizinghall that night, having occasion to consult his father on business.
On the afternoon of the next day, he and his two eldest sisters would ride
over to us on horseback, in good time before dinner. An elegant little
casket in China accompanied the note, presented to Miss Rachel, with her
cousin's love and best wishes. Mr. Franklin had only given her a plain
locket not worth half the money. My daughter Penelope, nevertheless--such is
the obstinacy of women--still backed him to win.
Thanks be to Heaven, we have arrived at the eve of the birthday at last!
You will own, I think, that I have got you over the ground this time,
without much loitering by the way. Cheer up! I'll ease you with another
new chapter here--and, what is more, that chapter shall take you straight
into the thick of the story.