鈥榊es, father?鈥? She drew herself up a little, as if in protest against his pertinacity. Yes, I have wandered about the world more or less. 大发快三官方下载 She drew herself up a little, as if in protest against his pertinacity. I have always been proud of him, Isola answered gently. "I was proud of him before the Burmese War." Has Roland come home? he asked. There was great grief in the regiment at his approaching retirement. It was not so much on account of his personal qualities, although these鈥攎ore particularly his easy-going laissez aller system鈥攈ad long gained him great popularity, but because the command was to pass into the hands of one who was not, as the saying is, a 鈥楧uke鈥檚 Own man.鈥?Major Byfield had exchanged into the corps some few years previously, very much against the will of the regiment. Not that there was anything against him. Appearances were indeed in his favour. He was a quiet gentlemanly little person, with that slightly apologetic manner, and hesitating air, which often earn a man appreciation from his fellows, because they indicate a tacit acknowledgment of his inferiority. Major Byfield showed himself still more nervous and undecided on joining the Duke鈥檚 Own. Although as a field officer his position was assured, and entitled him to considerable deference from all, he seldom claimed it or asserted himself more than he could help. His brother officers tolerated him, and were civil to him when they saw him, which was not often; but they yielded him no respect, and suffered him to interfere very little in the discipline and management of the corps. What could he know about the Duke鈥檚 Own, or its regimental 鈥榮ystem?鈥?He had come from the 130th which, it was well known, had a very different 鈥榮ystem,鈥?although both were, in fact, ruled by the Queen鈥檚 Regulations, and should have been governed on precisely the same lines. There is a good deal of mystery made and much stress laid upon the 鈥榮ystem鈥橻169] in force in a regiment. No doubt in many minor details there is a marked difference, but the broad outlines are, or ought to be, the same. But it is a favourite dogma, especially with officers in whom esprit de corps is strong, that no one can understand this system unless he has been trained in a regiment and assimilated it with his earliest ideas. So when the major spoke even in a whisper, or made the faintest hint of a suggestion, he was pooh-poohed and put down. Diggle, his fellow, although junior field officer, quietly said that it was all nonsense, that Byfield misunderstood the situation, that he had better wait till he had longer experience in the regiment before he presumed to put forward his views. Mrs. Graham met them at the door. Not having heard of the little girl's loss, she was surprised to see her returning in the care of a stranger. If you had picked it up yourself, wouldn't it have answered the same purpose? I won't trouble her. I shall stay at home, and paint all the time. I have a good deal of work to do to my pictures before they will be ready for the winter exhibition, and the time for sending in is drawing dreadfully near.[Pg 186] You need have no anxiety as to my gadding about, Martin. You will find me shut up in my painting-room, come home when you will. Herbert received even higher approval. The broken fetters of the slave. I can promise that, said Oliver, "for I am a gentleman of leisure just now." She drew herself up a little, as if in protest against his pertinacity. Oliver was not given to dismal forebodings or to anticipating trouble, though he certainly might have been excused for feeling depressed under present circumstances. He slept soundly, and went out in the morning, active and alert.