was nervous about the result of the coming interview or whether it was
that his first visit to High Thorpe had been the climax of so many new
experiences, he was certainly much more sharply aware on this occasion
of what the Castle stood for. Looking back to the morning when he and
Father Rowley sat with Bishop Crawshay in his bedroom, he realized how
much the personality of the dead bishop had dominated his surroundings
and how little all this dignity and splendour, which must have been as
imposing then as it was now, had impressed his imagination. There came
over Mark, when he and Father Rowley were walking silently along the
drive, such a foreboding of the result of this visit that he almost
asked the priest why they bothered to continue their journey, why they
did not turn round immediately and take the next train back to Chatsea.
But before he had time to say anything Father Rowley had pulled the
chain of the door bell, the butler had opened the door, and they were
waiting the Bishop's pleasure in a room that smelt of the best leather
and the best furniture polish. It was a room that so long as Dr.
Cheesman held the see of Silchester would be given over to
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