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By Harold Carter
Anfila stood in the mother-supe
rior's room in the Canadian convent
reading the letter. Her eyes were
blinded with tears and it was with
difficulty that she could make out
her father's writing.
"How can I marry a man whom I
have never seen?" asked Angela.
"Your father knows what is best,
my little one," replied the good
mother, herself distressed on ac
count of her charge.
'Angela's father had written from
Paris, stating that he had betrothed
her to Monsieur Vidal, his New York
business representative. And An
gela, brought up under -the nuns'
care ever since her mother died, and
knowing her father only from a
hasty ten minutes' Visit each year,
never thought of refusing obedience.
Her father had hinted at some such
thing onthe occasion of his last
visit to the convent. Now. she was
to go to New York, to become the
wifp nf a straneer. a wealthy man of
her own nationality, but of whom
she was completely ignorant.
Dutiful as she was, Angela might
have accepted this position as' being
her part in life except for the mys
terious young man of whom she
thought with a wonderful trepida
tion and heart-beating.
He had seen her when the girls
walked out, two by two, under the
patronage of the nuns. Angela had
known that he was a stranger in the
town. His eyes had seemed to seek
her own and to hold them. She had
thought of him more than she had
dared confess to herself.
Then, a night or two later, a won
derful thing had happened. Angela
had heard a low singing beneath her
window. It was between Christmas
and New Year, and intensely cold.
She had thought it was a wandering
singer from the village; nevertheless,
aha erect out of her bed and looked
from the window. And there stood
the young man whom she had seen.
And he caught her gaze and blew
three kisses toward her.
Anjrpla in terror, had run back to
her bed and hardly slept until dawn.
And all next day she went about her
work with a sense of constraint, a
There Stood the Young Man Whom
She Had Seen
sense of fear, of terror and delight
ful joy that she had never experi
The next day, when the girls went
out for their accustomed walk, she
saw the young man again. This time
his looks were so ardent that the sis
ter in charge interposed herself be
tween, him and Angela and frowned