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25. CHAPTER XXV: MISS AMEDROZ HAS SOME HASHED CHICKEN (continued)
'Quite delighted,' said Belinda, yielding a fuller grasp. Then there were affectionate greetings between Frederic and his mother and Frederic and his sister, during which Clara stood by, ill at ease. Captain Aylmer said not a word as to the footing on which his future wife had come to his father's house. He did not ask his mother to receive her as another daughter, or his sister to take his Clara to her heart as a sister. There had been no word spoken of recognized intimacy. Clara knew that the Aylmers were cold people. She had learned as much as that from Captain Aylmer's words to herself, and from his own manner. But she had not expected to be so frozen by them as was the case with her now. In ten minutes she was sitting down with her bonnet still on, and Lady Aylmer was again at her stitches.
'Shall I show you your room?' said Belinda.
'Wait a moment, my dear,' said Lady Aylmer. 'Frederic has gone to see if Sir Anthony is in his study.'
Sir Anthony was found in his study, and now made his appearance.
'So this is Clara Amedroz,' he said. 'My dear, you are welcome to Aylmer Park.' This was so much better, that the kindness expressed though there was nothing special in it brought a tear into Clara's eye, and almost made her love Sir Anthony.
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