The intruder was Mrs. She certainly seemed in no led on her shoulders, dripping with snow and water; she was dressed in the girlish dress she commonly wore, befitting her age more than her position: a low frock with short sleeves, and nothing on either head or neck. The frock was of light silk, and clung to her with wet, and her feet were protected merely by thin slippers; add to this a deep cut under one ear, which only the cold prevented from bleeding profusely, a white face scratched and bruised, and a frame hardly able to support itself through fatigue; and you may fancy my first fright was not much allayed when I had had leisure to examine her.
“My dear young lady,” I exclaimed, “Ill stir nowhere, and hear nothing, till you have removed every article of your clothes, and put on dry things; and certainly you shall not go to Gimmerton to-night, so it is needless to order the carriage.”
It maintains a constant wail-send it out of my hearing for an hour; I shant stay any longer
“Certainly I shall,” she said; “walking or riding: yet Ive no objection to dress myself decently. The fire does make it smart.”
She insisted on my fulfilling her directions, before she would let me touch her; and not till after the coachman had been instructed to get ready, and a maid set to pack up some necessary attire, did I obtain her consent for binding the wound and helping to change her garments.
“Now, Ellen,” she said, when my task was finished and she was seated in an easy-chair on the hearth, with a cup of tea before her, “you sit down opposite me, and put poor Catherines baby away: I dont like to see it! You mustnt think I care little for Catherine, because I behaved so foolishly on entering: Ive cried, too, bitterly-yes, more than any one else has reason to cry. We parted unreconciled, you remember, and I shant forgive myself. But, for all that, I was not going to sympathise with him-the brute beast! Oh, give me the poker! This is the last thing of his I have about me:” she slipped the gold ring from her third finger, and threw it on the floor. “Ill smash it!” she continued, striking it with childish spite, “and then Ill burn it!” and she took and dropped the misused article among the coals. “There! he shall buy another, if he gets me back again. Hed be capable of coming to seek me, to tease Edgar. I dare not stay, lest that notion should possess his wicked head! And https://tennesseepaydayloans.org/cities/lafollette/ besides, Edgar has not been kind, has he? And I wont come suing for his assistance; nor will I bring him into more trouble. Necessity compelled me to seek shelter here; though, if I had not learned he was out of the way, Id have halted at the kitchen, washed my face, warmed myself, got you to bring what I wanted, and departed again to anywhere out of the reach of my accursed-of that incarnate goblin! Ah, he was in such a fury! If he had caught me! Its a pity Earnshaw is not his match in strength: I wouldnt have run till Id seen him all but demolished, had Hindley been able to do it!”
“Well, dont talk so fast, Miss!” I interrupted; “youll disorder the handkerchief I have tied round your face, and make the cut bleed again. Drink your tea, and take breath, and give over laughing: laughter is sadly out of place under this roof, and in your condition!”