But he could not see Peter. A young fellow was stretched on the sofa in front of the fire. Charles rightly judged him to be the brother, Frederick Hartley. Young men are not, as a rule, very observant of one another, but Charles was struck with the appearance of the one before him. He was extremely good-looking; with fair hair, all in disorder, that shone like threads of gold in the firelight, glistening blue eyes, and a hectic flush on his thin cheeks.
"I beg your pardon," said Charley, as the invalid—for such he evidently was—half rose and gazed at him. "I came to see Peter."
"Oh yes; sit down," was the answer, given in cordial but very weak tones. "I expect him in every minute."
"You are Fred," observed Charles. "I dare say he told you about meeting me on Tuesday: Charles Raynor."
"Yes, he did. Do sit down. You don't mind my lying here?"