"May I ask," he said, "what the nature of the inquiries is likely to be?"
"For instance," pursued Captain Wragge, "are they inquiries about a man or a woman; inquiries about an enemy or a friend -- ?"
"With regard, now, to the person who is the object of these inquiries," he resumed.
"These inquiries of hers," he thought, "mean one of two things -- Mischief, or Money!
"Place your departure from York, your dramatic career, and your private inquiries under my care.
"I wish to secure my freedom from all interference on the part of my friends before the inquiries are made."
After waiting a minute or two he returned to make inquiries.
"Make inquiries, Albert, but do not be angry without reason; make inquiries, and if it be true" --
It appears to me that when about to marry your daughter to a young man, it is right to make some inquiries respecting his family; it is not only a right, but a duty."
He wisely determined to wait, before he interfered again, until Lady Lundie had thoroughly exhausted herself and her inquiries. At the same time--as it was impossible, in the present state of her ladyship's temper, to provide against what might happen if the inquiries after Anne unluckily proved successful--he decided on taking measures to clear the house of the guests (in the interests of all parties) for the next four-and-twenty hours.
In the mean time Blanche remained portentously quiet in the upper regions of the house; while Lady Lundie steadily pursued her inquiries down stairs.
"You are very much to blame for answering Miss Blanche's inquiries about Miss Silvester."