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26. CHAPTER XXVI: THE AYLMER PARK HASHED CHICKEN COMES TO AN END (continued)
'It's very good of you to say so.'
Sir Anthony looked at Clara, and his heart was softened towards her as he saw that there was a tear in her eye. A man's heart must be very hard when it does not become softened by the trouble of a woman with whom he finds himself alone. 'I don't know how you and Lady Aylmer get on together,' he said; 'but it will not be my fault if we are not friends.'
'I am afraid that Lady Aylmer does not like me,' said Clara.
'Indeed. I was afraid there was something of that. But you must remember she is hard to please. You'll find she'll come round in time.'
'She thinks that Captain Aylmer should not marry a woman without money.'
'That's all very well; but I don't see why Fred shouldn't please himself, He's old enough to know what he wants.'
'Is he, Sir Anthony? That's just the question. I'm not quite sure that he does know what he wants.'
'Fred doesn't know, do you mean?'
'I don't quite think he does, sir. And the worst of it is, I am in doubt as well as he.'
'In doubt about marrying him?'
'In doubt whether it will be good for him or for any of us. I don't like to come into a family that does not desire to have me.'
'You shouldn't think so much of Lady Aylmer as all that, my dear.'
'But I do think a great deal of her.'
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