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Sheets, Geo M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Vol. VI, No. IV (January 1909)

Seaver, Beatrice
Her guardian angel,   pp. 161-168


Page 161


HER GUARDIAN ANGEL
            HER GUARDIAN ANGEL
                    BEATRICE SEAVER
  Mr. A. D. Nat, a rheumatic old lawyer, was considered by
Mrs. Adam Worth to be a most proper gentleman for the guard-
ian of her niece, Miss J ane Worth. Jane was an orphan with a
small fortune, and Mr. Nat was given the right to look after
her. He well knew how to appear in the company of ladies.
He had studied at Cambridge, England, and could tell about
his conspicuous life while moving in the circle of English elite.
He knew how to practice his rules of etiquette superfluously,
and would often give to others the chance of having them ex-
plained.
  When Jane Worth entered the room where Mr. Nat was
seated she could not help feeling in his presence that his polish
was but a covering which had won family favor. He never
looked her in the eye. Ile busied h:mseif making the necessary
bows in response to her remarks. One evening when Jane was
alone Mr. Nat came, bowed his way in as usual, and seated him-
self near the grate fire. Jane decided to please him this once by
smiling at his jokes and being interested in law. At the end of
the conversation he snatched her hand and declared that she
would make a nice little lawyer's-," but checked himself as she
exclaimed suddenly, "Mr. Nat! No one can ever be civil to you
without your going too far. Most men I know can stand do-
cent treatment without making themselves ridiculous."
  This incurred his anger and he was no longer a man of
smiles and bows. He started out of his chair declaring that
Miss Worth could take the choice of losing her money or taking
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