“Strange! My dear love, it was amazing. But it ought to be a matter of congratulation to us all, to see Dissenters embracing the canons of the Church! And the Methodists, especially, are such dreadful people. I believe they think nothing of foaming at the mouth, and going into convulsions, in the open chapel. I wonder if those Maxfields felt anything of the kind on Sunday? It would have been a terrible thing, my dear, if they had had to be carried out on stretchers, or anything of that sort. What would Mr. Bodkin have said?”
“I don’t think there’s any fear of papa’s sermons throwing anybody into convulsions.”
“Of course not, my dear child. Pray don’t imagine that I hinted at such a thing. No, no; Mr. Bodkin is ever gentleman-like, ever soothing and composing, in the pulpit. But people, you know, who have been used to convulsions—they really 长沙桑拿最好场子推荐 might not be able to leave them off all at once. You may smile, my dear Minnie; but I assure you that such things have been known to become quite chronic. And, once a thing gets to be chronic——”
Miss Chubb left her sentence unfinished, as she often did; but remained with an expressive countenance, which suggested horrible results from “things getting to be chronic.”
“It seems an odd caprice of Fate,” said Minnie, who 长沙桑拿哪里最好 had been pursuing her own reflections, “that, no sooner do I make Rhoda Maxfield’s acquaintance, for 长沙桑拿价格多少钱 the sole reason that she is a Methodist, than she and her family turn into orthodox church people.”
“People will say you converted her, my dear.”
“I daresay they will, as it
“Now, I wonder who did convert them.”
“If you care to know, I think I can tell you that the real reason why Maxfield left the Wesleyans, was a quarrel he had with their preacher. My maid Jane has a brother who belongs to the Society; and he gave her an account of the matter.”
“Dear, dear! You don’t say so! Of course the preacher is furious? Those kind of Ranters are very violent sometimes. I remember, when I was quite a girl, a man on a tub, who used to scream and use the most dreadful language. So much so, that poor papa forbade our going 长沙桑拿场子推荐 within earshot of him.”
“No; David Powell is not furious. I am told that he astonished some of the more bigoted of his flock, by reminding them that 长沙桑拿全套场子 they ought to have charity enough to believe that a man may worship acceptably in any Christian community.”
“Did he really?
Now, that positively was very proper of the man, and very right. Quite right, indeed.”
“So that I think we may assume that he is on the road to Heaven, Methodist though he be.”
“Does that shock you, Miss Chubb?”
“Well, my dear, yes; it does, rather. My family has been connected with the Church for generations. And—one doesn’t like to hear Dr. Bodkin’s daughter talk of being sure that a Dissenter is on the road to Heaven.”
Minnie lay back on her sofa, and looked at Miss Chubb complacently bending over her knitting. Gradually the look of amused 长沙桑拿攻略 scorn on Minnie’s face softened into melancholy thoughtfulness. She wondered how David Powell would have met such an observation as Miss Chubb’s. He had to deal with even narrower and more ignorant 长沙桑拿会所 minds than hers. What method did he take to touch them? To Minnie it all seemed very hopeless, so long as men and women continued to be such as those she saw around her. And yet this preacher did move them very powerfully. If she could but meet him face to face, and have speech with him!
There was one person to whom she was strongly impelled to detail her perplexities, and to express her fluctuating feelings and opinions on more momentous subjects than she had ever yet spoken with him upon. But there were a hundred little counter impulses pulling against this strong one, and holding it in check.
Miss Chubb’s voice broke in upon her meditations by uttering loudly the name that was in Minnie’s mind.
“My dear, I think it’s quite a case with Mr. Diamond.”
Minnie’s heart gave a great bound; and the deep, burning blush which was so rare and meant so much with her, covered her face from brow to chin. Miss Chubb’s eyes were fixed on her 长沙桑拿水疗会所体验 knitting. When, after a short pause, she raised them to seek some response, Minnie was quite pale again. She met Miss Chubb’s gaze with bright, steady eyes, a thought more wide open than usual.