人民财评:审计剑指“为官不为” 让“太平官”不太平

jJVv7-news 发布时间: 2020-07-13 11:07:27

“腾 讯 分 分 彩 是 什 么 时 候 出 现 的”‘Wellthen,there’sareasonthemoreforaskinghimtoBrighton,’saidMrsKeeling,nowquiteoutofsightofhertact,‘Iknowverywellwhatallhisattentionstoyoumean.I’veneverseenamansodevoted,forI’msureyourfathernevermadesuchafussovermeasthat.You’vegottomeetamanhalf-way,dear;it’sonlyrighttoshowhimthatyouarenotindifferenttohim(ordoImeanthathe’snotindifferenttoyou?somewordsaresopuzzling).Hewantsawife,Icanseethat,andyoumaytrustmethatit’syouhewants.IshallinvitehimtoBrighton,andifyouonlybehavesensibly,he’llaskyoubeforewe’reeventhinkingofcomingback.’Keelinghimselfhadnosuchcravingtoseeinprintallthathewasperfectlywellawareof,andevenlookedundazzledatthecardswhich{262}hiswifehadordered,ononesetofwhichheappearedaloneas‘SirThomasKeeling,Bart.,’todifferentiatehimfrommereknights,whilstontheothertheBart.appearedinconjunctionwithher.Buttheeventsthemselvesfilledhimwithagooddealofsolidsatisfaction,duelargelytotheirbearingontheapproachingelectionattheCountyClub.Neverfromabusinesspointofviewhadtherebeenamoresuccessful‘timing’ofanenterprise:itwasasifontheverydayofhisgettingouthissummerfashions,summerhadcome,withfloodsofhotsunshinethatmadeirresistibletotheladiesofBracebridgethemuslinsandorgandiesandfoulardsthatfloateddiaphanouslyinthefreshlydressedwindows.Thesummerofhismunificenceandhishonourshadjustburstonthetown,and,inspiteofLordInverbroom’swarning,hefelt,ashewalkeddowntohisofficeonthemorningofthedayonwhichtheelectiontookplace,thateverymemberoftheClubwouldbe,sotospeak,acustomerforhispresenceinfutureinthosestaidbow-windows.DuringthesemonthsofhisMayoralty,hehadcomeintocontactwith,andhadbeenatcivicfunctionsthehostofaquantityofmembersoftheCountyClubwhosesuffrageshesoughtto-day,andtherewasnoneamongthemwhohadnotshownhimcourtesyandevendeference.Thatnodoubtwaslargelyduetohispositionasmayor,butthisThomasKeelingwhowasacandidatefortheClubwas{263}themayor,hewhohadgiventhenewwingtothehospital,therebyavertingaveryunpleasantfinancialmess,he,too,whomhisKinghaddelightedtohonour.Tothebusinessmindnothingcouldhavehappenedmoreopportunely,andthebusinessmindwashismind.Hecouldnotseehowhecouldfail,afterthisbouquetofbenefitsandhonours,tobe‘anattractiveproposition’toanyclub.AshewalkeddowntohisofficethatmorninghesweptthecobwebofLordInverbroom’sapprehensionsaway,andwonderedathimselfforhavingallowedthemtoinfecthimwithamoment’suneasiness,ortomakehimconsider,evenattheverybackofhisbrain,whatheshoulddoifhewerenotelected.Thismorninghedidnotconsiderthatatall:hewassurethatthecontingencyforwhichhehadprovidedwouldnotarrive.Theprovisionwasfiledaway,andwithit,shutupinthedustyvolume,wasthesuggestionhisagenthadmadethathemightquitereasonablyraisetherentthattheClubpaidforthepremiseswhichwerenowhisproperty.Thatbusinesswasjustconcluded;heproposedtoinformLordInverbroomatonceofthefactthathewasnowthelandlordoftheCountyClub,andthatthequestionofariseintherentalmightbeconsideredasshelved.LordInverbroomwouldbeinBracebridgethismorning,sincehewouldbepresidingattheelectionattheClubattwelveo’clock,andhadpromisedtocommunicatetheresultat{264}once.VerylikelyKeelingwoulddropinattheclubtohaveabitoflunchthere,andhecouldgetachatwithLordInverbroomthen....Butasheslidupwardsinthedroningliftthattookhimtothefloorwherehisofficewas,theClub,theelection,andallconnectedwithit,vanishedfromhisbrainlikethedispersingmistsonasummermorning,forafewstepswouldtakehimalongthecorridortotheroomwhereNorahwasopeninghisletters.

Gradually,whilestillhisearwasalerttocatchthesilencenextdoorwhichwouldshowthatNorahhadfinishedherwork,hissurface-facultiesmovedmoreslowlyanddrowsily.Thepagehewasreading,concerningsomeestimate,laylongunturnedbeforehim,andhiseyeceasedtotravelalongthelinesthatnolongerconveyedanymeaningtohim.Itwasnottheceremonyofto-daythatoccupiedhim,northemomentwhenallBracebridgeknewthatitwashewhohadmadethismunificentgift.Thosethingsformedbutthevaguestofbackgrounds,inwhichtooaveiledhatredofhiswifewasmingled:infrontofthatgreymistwasthesunlitwindydown,theskylark,thetuftsofblue-bellfoliage,andthecompanionshipwhichgavethemalltheirsignificance.Andhowsignificant,henowaskedhimself,werethesesamethingstohiscompanion?Didtheymeananythingtoherbecauseofhim?True,shehadsilentlyandunconsciouslytakenhimintoherconfidencewhentheylistenedtogether{255}tothesky-lostsong,butwouldnotanybodyelse,herbrotherforinstance,havedonejustaswell?Didherheartwanthim?Hehadnoanswertothat.

‘Quiteuseless,’hesaid.‘Whatamanwantsfirsteditionsfor,unlessthey’vegotsomespecialbeauty,Ican’tunderstand.Iwouldassoonspendmymoneyingettingpostage-stampsbecausetheyarerare.ButIwantedtotalktoyouaboutthatpoem.What’sheafter?Isitsomephilosophy?Orisitalovepoem?Orishejustatippler?’Sherosefromherexaminationofthebud,herfacestillflushed.

‘Well,Ihopehe’llgetagoodmealthisevening,’saidMrsKeeling.‘He’stakinghissupperwithus.’

Accordingtocustom,MrKeeling,withhistwosons,wentforabriskwalk,whatevertheweather,beforelunch,whileAliceandhermother,oneofwhosehabitswastosetasfewfeettothegroundaswashumanlypossiblewithoutincurringthedangerofstrikingroot,gotintothevictoriathatwaitedforthematthechurch-door,onwhichthefathorsewasrousedfromhisreverieandbeganheavilylollopinghomewards.ItwasnotusualinBracebridgetohaveacarriageoutonSunday,andMrsKeeling,surveyinglessfortunatepedestriansthroughhertortoise-shell-handledglass,wasSundaybySundayalittleLucretianonthesubject.Thematterofthecarriagealsowasamonumenttoherownimmovableness,forherhusband,yearsago,haddonehisutmosttoinducehertotraversethehalfmileonherownfeet.

Shewasatthemomentinthelittletypewritingdenadjoining,thedoorofwhichwasopen.Throughithecouldjustseeherhandsarrangingthepapersonhertable;therestofherwasinvisible.Butashespokeinavoiceloudenoughtobeheardbyher,heobservedthatherhandspausedinthedeftspeedoftheirtidyingandremainedquitemotionlessforasecondortwo.Andheknewaswellasifsomeflawlesstelegraphiccommunicationhadbeensetupbetween{91}herbrainandhisthatshewasdebatinginhermindwhethersheshouldcomeornot.‘Shethoughthimacad,butnodoubtshewantedtoseehisbooks;’thatwasthemessagethatcametohimfromher.

TheEnd

Thisimaginativeflightintothefuturefatigued{176}her,oratanyratedemandedaneffortonthepartofherbrain,andverynaturallyshewentbacktotheblessingsthatshefounditeasiertocalltomindsincetheyalreadyexisted.Quitehighamongthese,alittlelowerperhapsthanthepleasureofbeingLadyMayoress,buthigherthanthefactthatAlicewasdistinctlybetterthismorning,wasthesensiblewayinwhichherhusbandhadbehavedaboutthoseoddeveningvisitsofMissPropertwhensheworkedathislibrarycatalogue.Faintwastheremembranceofthatunpleasantmomentwhenshehadsuddenlyappearedamongalltheguestsatthecloseofdinner,andwassubsequentlyintroducedintothedrawing-room.Butafterthatthosevisitshadceasedaltogether,andinsteadMissPropertcameinthemiddleofthemorningwhenherhusbandwasathisoffice.Thatwasperfectlyinaccordancewiththerulesofcorrectbehaviour,andwhenshechancedtomeetNorahgoingintothelibraryorleavingitattheconclusionofherwork,shealwayshadacivilandcondescendingwordforher.Shehadnodoubtwhateverthatthegirlwasaverydecentyoungwomaninherstationoflife,whichwasasmuchascouldbesaidaboutanybody.

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