"In age he might be three or four and twenty, tall and slender; an out-and-out aristocrat."
"And his connections? Where did he live?"
"I never knew. Afy, in her boasting way, would say he had come from Swainson, a ten mile ride."
"From Swainson?" quickly interrupted Mr. Carlyle.
"Could it be one of the Thorns of Swainson?"
"None of the Thorns that I know. He was a totally different sort of man, with his perfumed hands, and his rings, and his dainty gloves. That he was an aristocrat I believe, but of bad taste and style, displaying a profusion of jewellery."
A half smile flitted over Carlyle's face.
"It was. He would wear diamond shirt-studs, diamond rings, diamond pins; brilliants, all of the first water. My impression was, that he put them on to dazzle Afy. She told me once that she could be a grander lady, if she chose, than I could ever make her. 'A lady on the cross,' I answered, 'but never on the square.' Thorn was not a man to entertain honest intentions to one in the station of Afy Hallijohn; but girls are simple as geese."