"It's so very unsatisfactory, papa. There must be some reason why Emily and Mr. Mirabel ought not to meet--or why should Miss Jethro have been so very earnest about it?"
"Miss Jethro doesn't intend us to know why, Cecilia. It will perhaps come out in time. Wait for time."
Left together, the girls discussed the course which Alban would probably take, on receiving Mr. Wyvil's invitation.
"He will only be too glad," Cecilia asserted, "to have the opportunity of seeing you again."
"I doubt whether he will care about seeing me again, among strangers," Emily replied. "And you forget that there are obstacles in his way. How is he to leave his class?"
"Quite easily! His class doesn't meet on the Saturday half-holiday. He can be here, if he starts early, in time for luncheon; and he can stay till Monday or Tuesday."
"Who is to take his place at the school?"
"Miss Ladd, to be sure--if _you_ make a point of it. Write to her, as well as to Mr. Morris."