chapter  20
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‘My Cousin Judith!’

Bernard did not return to Scar Foot that night. He had left word with Mrs. Ave-son that he might not do so. He remained all night at Mr. Whaley’s, at Yoresett, discussing business matters with him. Judith, after her return, sat upstairs with her mother, and wondered what made her feel so wretched – what caused the sensation of fierce desolation in her heart. Mrs. Conisbrough was quickly recovering, and had begun to chat, though scarcely cheerfully. Her conversation was hardly of a bracing or inspiriting nature, and the blow dealt by the old man’s will was still felt almost in its full force. Likewise, she was a woman much given to wondering what was to become of them all.