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No, she wanted him always to be
'blind, so that he could be dependent
on her, and so that he should never
know. It was the worst thought that
ever came to her, She fell on 'her
"Dear God.Torglve my sinful wish
and make him well again," she pray
ed. "Even though 1 must lose him
yes, even thought I must lose him."
Plain Nurse Gregory, they called
her at the hospital, and, for the mat
ter of tha,, everywhere. She was one
of those .omen whb&e beauty is in
the soul. If .her features were pleas
ing, it was in spite of thir irregular'
ity, andjbecause of the goodness that
radiated from tier. She had iever had
a lover. She had.'had her(plainness
drilled into her from .childhood. And-
now now for the first time she felt
deprived of her birthright.,
"Dear God, make him well."' she
prayed, "even thought it kill me talet
him see me,as I am."
The days passed. The man on the
bed was well; there was only the for
mality of raising the bandage to be
gone through. Then, on Tuesday
morning, he would know his fate in
a moment. And neither the nurses
nor the doctors could prophesy what
would be the outcome of that mo
ment of suspense.
"Nurse," said the man on the evenH
ing before, sit down a moment. I
want to tell you something .I'm in
love in love with you. I "
"If you talk like that I shall leave
you," said Nurse Gregory quietly,
though her heart was fluttering.
But the man only laughed, and!
then, stretching out his hand sudden-,
ly, he found Nurse Gregory's and"
took It in both his and raised it to his
"Nurse," he . said, "do you know
what will be the first thing hat I
shall do when I am well? It will be
to ask you " he held her hand tight
ly in his-"to ask jou to be my wife,"
Nurse Gregory could" not answer.
Jler tears were falling, fast, and some
thing in her throat choked her ut
"You are crying!" exclaimed the
man. "You are not angry with me.
You love me? There is no one else?"
"I love you, and there is no one
else," she whispered, and then for-the;
first time in her life she felt-a man's
lips on hers.
"I know I ought to have waited,"
he said. "If am blind, I shall be a
blind beggar., at the street corners,
for without my sight L can do noth
ing. Ijshould not have, asked you until
I am well. But I know that I shall see.
I am sure of it God could- not be so
cruel as to prevent me from seeing
"Perhaps God would be kind,"
thought Nurse Gregory; but she said
"But love is blind," he continued.
"I love you, Elsie. Will you marry
me if I get well?"
"NOi" she cried suddenly. 'You
must not think of it. You are just
grateful. You you "
But he actually laughed as she ran
out 'of the room; for, despite the se
clusion of his life, he knew when
"no" meant "yes."
"I wonder what has upset Nurse
Gregory?" said the doctor to 'the
night nurse as he met her outside the"
patient's room. "Do. you know, 1. be
lieve she is troubled about Mr. Gra
ham. It's a bad case."
i'You don't, think hell see, then?"
inquired the nurse.
"It will be a miracle if he does,"
the doctor answered. j
When on the following morning the
doctors had assembled in Graham's
room Nurse Gregory was as serene as
ever. The patient .sat is his chair
toward the light,; his head upturned:
only the clenching of his" fingers
showing the tension of his nerves'At
the. doctors bidding Nurse Gregory
unfastened the bandages. One turn
another? another, and they fell from
his eyes, and .the-man leaped up and
stretched out his hands to the sun
light ' .