In What does it Lie 555
Ellen," whispered Mr. Huntley, " would you have
him, with all his gracelessness"
Ellen seemed ready to fall, and her eyes filled.
"Do not joke now, papa," was all she said.
Hamish caught her hand, and took upon himself the
task of soothing her. And Mr. Huntley relapsed into
a smile, and did not hinder him.
But some one else was bursting into tears, as the
sounds testified. It proved to be Lady Augusta
Yorke. A few tears might well be excused to Mrs.
Channing, on the occasion of parting with her ever-
loving, ever-dutiful child, but what could Lady Augusta
have to cry about
Lady Augusta was excessively impulsive, as you
have long ago learnt. The happiness of the Chan-
ning family, in their social relations to each other;
the loving gentleness of Mr. and Mrs. Channing with
their children; the thorough respect, affection, duty,
rendered to them by the children in return-had struck
her more than ever on this morning. She was con-
trasting the young Channings with her own boys and
girls, and the contrast made her feel low-spirited.
Thus she was just primed to go off, when the parting
came with Constance, and the burst took place as she
watched the carriage from the door. Had any one
asked Lady Augusta why she cried, she would have
been puzzled to state.
" Tell me !" she suddenly uttered, turning and seiz-
ing Mrs. Channing's hands-" what makes the differ-
ence between your children and mine My children
were not born bad, any more than yours were; and yet,
look at the trouble they give me ! In what does it lie"
" I think," said Mrs. Channing quietly, and with
some hesitation-for it was not pleasant to say any-
thing which might tacitly reflect on the Lady Augusta
-" that the difference in most children lies in the
bringing up. Children turn out well or ill, as they
are trained; and in accordance with this rule they will
become our blessing or our grief. "
" Ah, yes, that must be it," acquiesced Lady
Augusta. " And yet-I don't know," she rejoined,
doubtingly. " Do you believe that so very much lies
in the training"