Willoughby had no property of his own in the country; that he resided there only while he was visiting the old lady at Allenham Court, to whom he was related, and whose possessions he was to inherit; adding, "Yes, yes, he is very well worth catching I can tell you, Miss Dashwood; he has a pretty little estate of his own in Somersetshire besides; and if I were you, I would not give him up to my younger sister
, in spite of all this tumbling down hills.
They seemed hardly young to Philip, but perhaps they were not more than twenty-five: the elder, Thekla, was as short as her mother, with the same, rather shifty air, but with a pretty face and abundant dark hair; Anna, her younger sister
, was tall and plain, but since she had a pleasant smile Philip immediately preferred her.
It was his younger sister
's chamber that I was in, and as there was nobody in the house but the maids below-stairs, he was, it may be, the ruder; in short, he began to be in earnest with me indeed.
The younger sister
's conduct is the very opposite of this.
She and her younger sister
, Janet, had quarreled a good deal through force of unfortunate habit.
Her face was pale, striking rather than pretty, but with two great dark eyes, so earnestly questioning, so quick in their transitions from joy to pathos, so swift in their comment upon every word and deed around her, that those eyes alone were to many more attractive than all the beauty of her younger sister
. Hers was a strong, quiet soul, and it was her firm hand which had taken over the duties of her mother, had ordered the house, restrained the servants, comforted her father, and upheld her weaker sister, from the day of that great misfortune.
It was not a right example, that she should be constantly stooping to be forgiven by a younger sister
. And this was the Art of it--that she was always being placed in the position of being forgiven, whether she liked it or not.
"Then to Heaven will I return my thanks!" exclaimed the younger sister
, rising from the encircling arm of Cora, and casting herself with enthusiastic gratitude on the naked rock; "to that Heaven who has spared the tears of a gray- headed father; has saved the lives of those I so much love."
The younger sister
was to be married, and the elder was to be bridesmaid.
She had been solicited, when about two-and-twenty, to change her name, by the young man, who not long afterwards found a more willing mind in her younger sister
; and Lady Russell had lamented her refusal; for Charles Musgrove was the eldest son of a man, whose landed property and general importance were second in that country, only to Sir Walter's, and of good character and appearance; and however Lady Russell might have asked yet for something more, while Anne was nineteen, she would have rejoiced to see her at twenty-two so respectably removed from the partialities and injustice of her father's house, and settled so permanently near herself.
Besides, the recent events that had befallen her family had given Adelaida much to think about, especially the sad experiences of her younger sister
. Within six months, everything that the family had dreaded from the marriage with the Polish count had come to pass.
Markham!' observed the younger sister
, with one of her arch, sidelong glances.
I replied I was quite willing to do so; and at that moment my young pupils entered the apartment, with their two younger sisters
. Master Tom Bloomfield was a well-grown boy of seven, with a somewhat wiry frame, flaxen hair, blue eyes, small turned-up nose, and fair complexion.
It was arranged that the child should pass the night in the room occupied by her two younger sisters
and the nurse.
Come along with me, and I will show you the four greatest quizzers in the room; my two younger sisters
and their partners.