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"Why this isn't Nancy'" he gasp
ed, staring at the beautiful young
girl wh stood smiling at him.
"No, I'm Elizabeth," answered the
girl, blushing at his frank stare of
admiration. "Nancy is out this even
ing. Won't you come in, Mr. Jame
son?" The news of Walter's arrival had
already spread through the village
and reached the Dayton home. It was
well for him that he had not heard
the scathing remarks that Nancy had
made about him,. " (
When he took his leave an hour
later, the young man realized that,
whatever his love for Nancy might
have been-, the image that he carried
in his heart had 'now a striking re
semblance to Elizabeth.
And he was bound in honor to ask
Nancy to be his wife. That was the
irony of it ! When he called the next
evening and met her his heart sank.
How could he ever have. loved Nancy,
this woman with the affected air and
the peevish lines about her mouth?
Though his welcome was not an ef
fusive one, Nancy was hospitable, in
virtue of old associations. Her talk
was vivacious, and all about the balls
and parties to which she had been.
She spoke of her beaux, with -a. sly
glance at Walter, and lamented the
tediousness of life in a small town.
It was not until he was about to
leave that Walter summoned up cour
age to say what was uppermost in his
"Nancy, do you remember what I
told you last time we parted?" he
Nancy's heart beat quickly, but it
was not with love. She. had not had
a proposal for six months, and she
was longing for another scalp to hang
at her, girdle.
, "No, Mr, Jameson. What was it?"
she inquired archly.
- "That I was coming'back to marry
you," he answered.
Nancy's shirll laugh pierced the air.
"Well, you certainly have carried out
the first part of your determination,
about coming back." she answered.
But as for the second, why, I think
you have another guess coming, Mr
Walter's face turned crimson. After
all, it is not exactly pleasant to have
one's offer of marriage laughed to
scorn, even though one has made it
out of a sense of duty.
He looked into Nancy's mocking
face" and said goodbye. But that was
not his last visit to the Dayton home.
On the contrary, he called frequently
after that Only it was to see Miss
Elizabeth. And sometimes words were
said which brought the color into her
fair face and a look of unutterable
happiness into her eyes.
Of course, Nancy was not slow to
see what was transpiring. She taunt
ed Elizabeth in her sisterly manner.
"Well, Elizabeth, if you want my
cast-off beau, of course it's all right,"
she said. "Only he'll always be a
pauper, and if I were you I would
send him right-about face without de
lay." That Walter had asked Nancy to
marry him since his return Elizabeth
did not know. The words stung her.
Walter was not slow to notice the
change in her manner the next time
he called. -
"Elizabeth, what have I done to of
fend you?" he pleaded. i
"You haven't offended me, Mr.
Jameson." .replied the girl. "Only
people are saying "
"What, dear?" asked Walter taking
her hand in his.
"That that you are making love
to me because-you can't get Nancy,"
she faltered, and tried to run away.
But Walter caught her.
"Now you listen to me," he said.
"It's true I did ask Nancy to marry
me when I came back. But it wasn't
because I loved her, Elizabeth. As
soon as I saw you I knew that I had
loved you all the time. It was be
cause I felt honor bound, my dear.
And when she refused me my heart
just leaped up to' think it was going
to be you.;;