"He is staying with his sister--Mrs. Delvin."
"Mrs. Delvin! she's a friend and patient of mine. Say I'll look in to-morrow morning, and see what I can do for her brother. In the meantime, get him to bed, and to rest; and don't be afraid of giving him brandy."
The doctor returned to the bedroom. Emily heard Mrs. Ellmother's voice below.
Mrs. Ellmother ascended the stairs. "It was an evil hour," she said, "that you insisted on going to this place. Mr. Mirabel--" The sight of Emily's face suspended the next words on her lips. She took the poor young mistress in her motherly arms. "Oh, my child! what has happened to you?"
"Don't ask me now. Give me your arm--let us go downstairs."
"You won't be startled when you see Mr. Mirabel--will you, my dear? I wouldn't let them disturb you; I said nobody should speak to you but myself. The truth is, Mr. Mirabel has had a dreadful fright. What are you looking for?"
"Is there a garden here? Any place where we can breathe the fresh air?"
There was a courtyard at the back of the house. They found their way to it. A bench was placed against one of the walls. They sat down.