Probable Sons

Children! They are a nuisance to everyone—my abomination, as you know, Jack. Why on earth they cannot be kept out of sight altogether till they reach a sensible age is what puzzles me! And I suppose if anything could make the matter worse, it is that
Sir Edward Wentworth was, as he expressed it, a "confirmed bachelor," and though during the autumn months he was quite willing to fill his house with his London friends, he was better pleased to live the greater part of the year in seclusion, occupying himself with
Slowly but surely, little Milly was advancing in her uncle's favor. Her extreme docility and great fearlessness, added to her quaintness of speech and action, attracted him greatly. He became interested in watching her little figure as it flitted to and fro, and the sunny laugh and bright childish
Milly spent a very happy afternoon at the keeper's cottage the next day and came down to dessert in the evening so full of her visit that she could talk of nothing else.
Uncle Edward, nurse and I are going shopping. Would you like us to buy you anything? We are going in the dogcart with Harris."
About a fortnight later, Sir Edward, who always opened the postbag himself, found there a letter addressed to his little niece, and sent a message to the nursery to tell her to come down to him. She arrived very surprised at the summons, as Sir Edward always wished to
Nurse, where is Miss Millicent? I haven't seen her for days. Fetch her in here this afternoon, and you go and get a little fresh air. I am well enough to be left alone now."
Major Lovell stayed a week, and Sir Edward seemed the better for his company, as far as his bodily health was concerned. But at heart, he was very wretched, and his cousin's influence was not the sort to help him.
When Sir Edward retired to his room that night, he paced up and down for some time in front of his little niece's picture that she had given him. His brow was knitted, and he was thinking deeply.