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LIFE AMONG THE LOWLY            409
hard wrench for him; and the more he said, " Thy will be done,'1 the worse he felt.
He sought Miss Ophelia, who, ever since Eva's death, had treated him with marked and respectful kindness.
" Miss Feely," he said, " Mas'r St. Clare promised me my freedom. He told me that he had begun to take it out for me; and now', perhaps, if Miss Feely would be good enough to speak about it to Missis, she would feel like goin' on with it, as it was Mas'r St. Clare's wish."
" I '11 speak for you, Tom, and do my best," said Miss Ophelia; " but, if it depends on Mrs. St. Clare, I can't hope much for you ; nevertheless, I will try."
This incident occurred a few days after that of Rosa, while Miss Ophelia was busied in preparations to return North.
Seriously reflecting within herself, she considered that perhaps she had shown too hasty a warmth of language in her former interview with Marie; and she resolved that she would now endeavor to moderate her zeal, and to be as conciliatory as possible. So the good soul gathered herself up, and, taking her knitting, resolved to go into Marie's room, be as agreeable as possible, and negotiate Tom's case with all the diplomatic skill of which she was mistress.
She found Marie reclining at length upon a lounge, supporting herself on one elbow by pillows, while Jane, who had been out shopping, was displaying before her certain samples of thin black stuffs.
" That will do," said Marie, selecting one ; " only I 'm not sure about its being properly mourning."
" Laws, Missis," said Jane, volubly, " Mrs. General Derbennon wore just this very thing, after the General died, last summer ; it makes up lovely ! "
" What do you think ? " said Marie to Miss Ophelia.
" It 's a matter of custom, I suppose," said Miss Ophe-{ia. " You can judge about it better than I."
" The fact is," said Marie, " that I have n't a dress in the world that I can wear; and, as I am going to break