November 19, Sunday.—A delightfully quiet day. In the
afternoon Lupin was off to spend the rest of the day with the Mutlars.
He departed in the best of spirits, and Carrie said: “Well, one
advantage of Lupin’s engagement with Daisy is that the boy seems
happy all day long. That quite reconciles me to what I must confess
seems an imprudent engagement.”
Carrie and I talked the matter over during the evening, and agreed
that it did not always follow that an early engagement meant an unhappy
marriage. Dear Carrie reminded me that we married early, and,
with the exception of a few trivial misunderstandings, we had never
had a really serious word. I could not help thinking (as I told
her) that half the pleasures of life were derived from the little struggles
and small privations that one had to endure at the beginning of one’s
married life. Such struggles were generally occasioned by want
of means, and often helped to make loving couples stand together all
Carrie said I had expressed myself wonderfully well, and that I was
quite a philosopher.
We are all vain at times, and I must confess I felt flattered by
Carrie’s little compliment. I don’t pretend to be
able to express myself in fine language, but I feel I have the power
of expressing my thoughts with simplicity and lucidness. About
nine o’clock, to our surprise. Lupin entered, with a wild,
reckless look, and in a hollow voice, which I must say seemed rather
theatrical, said: “Have you any brandy?” I said: “No;
but here is some whisky.” Lupin drank off nearly a wineglassful
without water, to my horror.
We all three sat reading in silence till ten, when Carrie and I rose
to go to bed. Carrie said to Lupin: “I hope Daisy is well?”
Lupin, with a forced careless air that he must have picked up from
the “Holloway Comedians,” replied: “Oh, Daisy?
You mean Miss Mutlar. I don’t know whether she is well or
not, but please never to mention her name again in my presence.”