This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 Excerpt: ...me.' He was not comfortable; he was not resolute; he was not calm. If she had only been a man, he could have told her bluntly that their position was such as to render their meeting nwft undesirable; and that what he could not understand was why she should have been so urgent in desiring it, But he almost stam mered as he replied vaguely 249 Ji,WSJh?Ve.bee.11. as weU, perhaps--indeed, I cannot see you should be troubled with my presence at all.' There was another pause, her eyes fixed upon him. all the time; he remaining quite still, glancing vacantly at a window. Then she advanced slowly to him, holding out her hand. 'Mr. Calthorpe,' she said in a clear, earnest voice, it was necessary to see you; I wish to ask you to forgive me. He took the hand mechanically; his brain, was mdergoing a series of electric shocks which dazed his intellect ancl "blinded his eyes. That passed, and he looked straight in her Face, analysing it, searching eagerly in every shade of expression fox-the answer to the question--' Is she in earnest now?' The very intensity of his passion made him calm. At that moment "he realised what she had already grasped before his arrival, that the situation was too grave to allow of any awkwardness between them. They were standing face to face with their whole future, and their hands now clasped in them the possibilities of their lives. 11 do not know how to answer you, Miss Cuthbert,' he said at length; 'unless it can be an answer to tell yon that lite will be easier to me than I had expected it to be nntii now thatl Have seen you again, and heard you speak these wor s. y wi enable me to remember you only as Lucy.' to remember That will suffice, and I thank you I wxsh_y me as Lucy, and that is why I am going to ass y mistake-me to sho...
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