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3. CHAPTER III: WILL BELTON (continued)
'You said we were to make it six while Mr Belton was here.'
'Very well if it must be, I suppose it must be.'
'You don't mean on my account,' said Will. 'I'll undertake to eat my dinner, sir, at any hour that you'll undertake to give it me. If there's a strong point about me at all, it is my appetite.'
Clara, when she went to her father's room that evening, told him what Mr Belton had said about the shooting, knowing that her father's feelings would agree with those which had been expressed by her cousin. Mr Amedroz of course made this an occasion for further grumbling, suggesting that Belton wanted to get the shooting for himself as he had got the farm. But, nevertheless, the effect which Clara had intended was produced, and before she left him he had absolutely proposed that the shooting and the land should go together.
'I'm sure that Mr Belton doesn't mean that at all,' said Clara.
'I don't care what he means,' said the squire.
'And it wouldn't do to treat Colonel Askerton in that way,' said Clara.
'I shall treat him just as I like,' said the squire.
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