THE FINANCIER 
for him—a little—because he was old and the sunshine 
of life could mean little to him. His forgiveness and bless- 
ing seemed sincere—better than her prayers which she 
went through perfunctorily. And then there was a young 
priest at St. Timothy's, Father David, hale and rosy, with 
a curl of black hair over his forehead, and an almost 
jaunty way of wearing his priestly hat, who came down 
the aisle Sundays sprinkling holy water with a definite, 
distinguished sweep of the hand, while the acolytes held 
back the sleeves of his amice. It would not be fair to say 
that it was more than the idle, wandering moods of a 
girl with which this particular priest had nothing to 
do. He was quite unconscious of her. She did not always 
think of him as an impersonal figure. There were mo- 
ments when she looked upon him as she looked upon her- 
self, as some one who must be young, eager, full of life, and 
she was not willing to accept that he had been set apart, 
and to think that he could never marry. She looked at 
him at times quite appealingly, but he was religious and 
sealed to his vows. 
At St. Agatha's she was rather a difficult person to deal 
with. She was, as the good sisters of the school readily 
perceived, too full of life, too active, to be easily con- 
trolled. " That Miss Butler," observed Sister Constan- 
tia, the Mother Superior, to Sister Sempronia, Aileen's im- 
mediate mentor, "is a very spirited girl. You may have 
a great deal of trouble with her unless you use a good deal 
of tact. You may have to coax her with little gifts. You 
will get on better." So Sister Sempronia sought to find 
what Aileen was most interested in, and bribe her there- 
with. Being intensely conscious of her father's com- 
petence, and vain of her personal superiority, it was not 
so easy to do. She wanted to go home occasionally, 
though; she wanted to be allowed to wear the sister's 
rosary of large beads with its pendent cross of ebony and 
its silver Christ, and this was held up as a great privilege. 
For keeping quiet in class, walking softly, and speaking