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“Well, I want to marry, and—-”

“You do–against my wishes. If I do not approve of your choice I need not pay you this money. I can hold it until I die.”

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“I can’t imagine what possessed my father ever to make so foolish a will.”

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“I hardly think so, when you select Miss Scarse!”

“What the deuce have you against her?”

“Nothing, personally. She is a nice girl, a very nice girl, but poor. A man of your extravagant tastes should marry money. Brenda is well enough, 长沙桑拿体验for herself,” continued Malet, with odious familiarity, for which Harold could have struck him, “but her father!–Stuart Scarse is a Little Englander!”

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“Oh, I’m sick of this!” Harold jumped up and crammed on his cap. “Your political ideas have nothing to do with my marriage. You have no reason to object to Miss Scarse. Once for all, will you pay me this money?”

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“Then I shall throw the estate into Chancery.”

Malet looked uneasy, but sneered. “By all means, if you want the whole forty thousand to go to fee the lawyers! But, before you risk losing your money, let me advise you to make sure of Miss Brenda Scarse!”

“What do you mean?”

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“Van Zwieten is no Boer. He is a Dutchman, born in Amsterdam.”

“And a friend of yours,” sneered Captain Burton. “He is no friend of mine!” shouted Malet, somewhat ruffled. “I detest the man as much as I do Scarse. If—-”

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