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Ccrj r'.ifct, IS3S, ty tb« Do-wen, XerrUl Com
THE glrli UBoally ihared one couch,
but during Mary's 111 temper she
had forced Jane to sleep alone.
After a short e!lenc« Jane heard
a eob from tha other bed, then an
ether, and another.
•"Mar?-, ere you weepirurr" ehe uked.
"What 1« tha matter, dearT"
"Nothing," with a elgh
"Do you wish me to come to your
% "Yes. I do." So Jan» 'went over and lay
r>' sice Mary, who put her arms gently
tbout her neck.
"When will he leave T' whlepered Mary,
•byly confessing all by her question.
"I do not know," responded Jane, "but
be will see you before be goes."
"Do you believe he will?"
"1 know It;" and with this consolation
Mary eoftly wept herself to sleep.
After this, for a few days, Mary was
quiet enough. Her irritable mood had
vanished, but Jane could eee that she
was on the lookout for some one ail tne
time, although she made the most pathet
ic little effort* to conceai her watchful
At last a meeting came about In this
may: Next to the King's bed chamber was
a luxuriously furnished littl* apartment,
with a well-selected library. Here Hrondon
and 1 often went afternoons to rea<3, as
»e were sure to bo undisturbed.
Late one day Brandon had gone over
to tnis quiet retreat, and, havlne se
lected a. volume, tooK his place In a se
cluded UUie alcove half hidden in arras
draperies. There was a cushioned seat
*!ui.-- the wall and a small diamond
shaped window to furnish light.
He had not been there lung when jn
came Mary. I cannot say whether she
knew Brandon was there or Eot. but she
was there and be was there, which is
the only thing: to the point, and, finding
him. the stepped Into the alcove before
be was awaie of h« r presence.
Brandon was on his lect in an instant,
and with a low bow was backing hlm
er-lf nut must deferentially, to leave her
in sole possession ii t=he wished to rest.
"Mas-ter twanuoti, you need not go; I
will not hurt you. Besides, if this place
is not large enough for us both I will
go. ] would not disturb you." She spoke
with a tremulous voice and a quick, un
> «a£y clanco ai.<i Marled to move back*
K'.ard out of the a-icove.
"1-ady Mary, how can you speak so?
You ki.ow— you must know— oh! I beg
vou—~ liut the interrupted him by tak
ing his arm and drawing him to a scat
beside her on the cushion. She could
have dra wvn dow n the Colossus of Rhodes
with the look gbe *;uve Brandon, so-full
was it of command, tnirtiUy and prom
••Tl;aiV it: I don't know, but I want
to know; and 1 v ant you to sit her*
iM-fiice me tnd lell me. I am goins to
be rtcuncueu with you, rU spite the way
you treated me when last we met. I
titn coi;,g to be friends with you whether
you wiii or not. Xow what do you say
to thai. sirT' She spoke with a* flutter
ing iiitie lauKh ol uneasy non-assurance,
v.t.rh Khowt-d that her heart was not
nearly »o confident nor so bold as her
w^ros would make believe. Poor Bran
don, u&uaily ho ready, had nothing to
"say to that, but tat in helpless ti-
Was this the eubi total of al! his wi«=«
deterniii. aliens made at u.e C o«t of so
much pain and effort? Was this the
answer to all his prayer*. "Lead me not
Into temptation?" He had done his nartT
.for he had done all he could. Heaven
had not helj>ed him, since here was
temptation thrust upon him when least
expected and when the way was so nar
row lie could not escape, but must me«>t
It face to luce. ' .
Mary soon recovered h«»r self-possession
—Women are better In this art
than men— and continued: " "
"I am not intending to say one word
about your treatment of me that day
•jver i?i the forest, although^ it was very
bad. and you have acted abomina."— ever
elnce. New is not that kind Jn me?" And
she soflJy laug-hed as she peeped up at
the poor Hlow ' from beneath those
sweeping: lashes,- with the premeditated
l>urpos« of tantalizing him. I suppose
*Sw was berlnninjr to know her power
»Tk-t him, and it was never greater than
lit this moment,. Her ; beauty had its
sweetest quality, '-for the princess waa
: i sunk and " tha ¦ woman i was dominant,
.with flushed face and flashing; eyes that
caught "a 'double luster* from the glow
-;• ing: love that made, her heart beat so fast.
: ' Her; gown, .too, ; was . the ; best she could
have worn to, show her charms. She
must have .known Brandon was there,
ana must have dressed ' especially to go
to him. • She wore, her favorlta long
• flowing outer sleeve, without the close
fitting inner, one. \- it was slit to the
shoulder, and gave entrancing glimpses
of her arms with every movement, leav
. ing -them almost' bare when she lifted
her hands, which was often, for she was
full of gestures as a Frenchwoman. Her
bedice was cut low both back and front,
showing her large, perfectly molded
throat and neck, like an alabaster pillar
of beauty and strength, and disclosing her
- bosom just to Us .'shadowy incurving,
white and billowy as drifted snow. Her
hair was thrown back in an attempt at
a coil,', -though, like* her own rebellious
nature, it could <not brook restraint, and
persistently escaped In ! a hundred little
curls that fringed her face and lay upon
the soft white nape of her neck like
fluffy snTeds of sun-lit, floss 'on new-cut
ivory. ¦';¦¦¦¦ .*.-"'
. With;the mood that was. upon her I
wondec^Brandon maintained hiSjSelf-re
.... iitrainteven for 'a moment. He 'felt that
his* only -hope lay in silence, «b he sat
beside her and said nothing. He told me
long 'afterward that while Isitting there
¦ in the intervals between har -speech the
oddest, wildest thoughts ran through his
brain. He wondered how he could es
cape. He thought^ of the window and
that possibly . he might ¦ break away
through it. and then he thought of feign
ing illness and a. hundred other absurd
sehemes.,ibut they all came to. nothing,
and he sat there to let events take their
pwn course, as they- seemed determined
to do in spite of him. '-¦?'. v.
After ;a ¦ short silence "Mary continued,
half banteringly: . "Answer me, . sir! . I
will have no more of this. You . shall
treat ma at least with the courtesy you
would show- a bourgeoise" girl."
"Oh. that you were only a burgher's
daughter." . <¦ .
"Yes, I know all that; but: I am not. It
can't be helped, and-- you shall answer
... '"There is no answer, dear, lady— I beg
. you— oh, (do you not see — " \
"Yea, yes: but answer my question:
\ Am I not kind— more than vou deserve'"
. '.'Indeed.^ yes; a thousand times. You
\ have a. ways been so • kind, so gracious
and. so condescending to me that I can
only thank* you, thank -y«u. thank you "
answered Brandon almost shyly, not dar
ing to lift his eyes to hers. ¦
•.Mary saw the manner quickly enough—
what woman ever missed It, much less so
keeji-eyed a gfrl as she— and' it gave her
confidence - and % brought back the easy
bairter of. her old-time manner.
"How modest we have become! Where.
is tho boldness of whjchrwe used to have
so much? Kind? Have I always been
t=o? How. about the first time I met you?
, "Was'I kind then? And as tocondescen-
Blon, don't— don't use that word ,between
. us." '•. ¦ . . ¦ .
"No," returned Brandon, who, in his
turn»i.*was recovering /himself, "no; I
. ean'f say that yqu were . very kind at
first. How you did) fly out. at me and sur
prise me. It was so unexpected it almost
took me off my feet," -and they both
j laughed in remembering the scene of their
first .meeting. "No, I can't say your
kindness showed itself very" strongly in
that iirst interview, but it was there nev
ertheless,; and when Lady Jane led ma
back your real nature asserted itself, as
it always does, and you were kind to me:
•kind as only you can be,"
That was getting very near to the sen
timental; dangerously near, he thought
and he said to himself: "If this does not
end quickly I shall have to escape."
•'.You are easily satisfied if you call that
good," laughingly returned Mary. "I can
be ever so much better than that If I
try.".- . ';': . • ,t ¦
"Let me see you try," said Brandon.
"Why, I '- am trying : now," answered '
Mary- .with a -distracting little pout.
"Don't . you know genuine out-an-i-out
goodness when you see it? I'm doing my
very best right" now. • Can't you tell?"
I ."Yes, I think I -recognize, It; but— but—
be bad. again.". • -• ,
i '.'No. I . won't! I ' will not be bad even ¦
to please you; I. have determined nor- to
be | bad and I will | not— not even " to bo
•rood. This," placing her hand over her
heart "i» Jturt full of 'ffoo<T to-diy,"
and her lips parted as she t<iush«d at bar
own pleasantry. »
"I am afraid you had better b« bad —
I give you fair vraxning," said Brandon
huskily. Ho felt her eyes upon him all
tne time and his strength and g-ood re
solves were oozing: out like wina from
an Ill-coopered cask. After a abort al
ienee Mary continued, regardless of tha
"Hut the position Is reversed with us;
at first I was unkind to you and you
were kind to me, but now 1 am kind to
you and you are unkind to me."
"I can come back at you with your
* own words," responded Brandon. "You
don't know when I am kind to you. I
should be kinder to mystjx at least, wer*
I to leave you and take myself to th»
other side of the world."
"Oh! that is one thing I wanted to ask
you about. Jane tells me you ar* going
to New bpaln?"
She was anxious to know, but asked
the question partly to turn the conversa
tion, which was fast becoming* perilous.
As a girl she loved Brandon, and knew
It only too well; but she- also knew that
she was a Princess, standing next to tha
throne/ of the greatest kingdom on earth;
in fayt, at that time th« heir apparent —
Henry having no children— for tha peopl*
would not have the Scotch King's Imp —
and the possibility of such a thins as
a union with Brandon had never enter
ed her head, however passionate her
feelings toward him. She also knew that
speaking a inought vitalizes it and elves
it force; so, vlthough she could not deny
herself the pleasure of being near him,
of seeing him and hearing the tones of
his voice, and now and then feeling th»
thrill of an accidental toucn, she had
enough good sense to know that mu
tual confession, that Is. taking it for
granted that Brandon loved her. a.s sho
lelt auncst sure he did, must, be avoid
ed et all hazards. It was cot to be
thought of between people so far apart
as they. The brink was a delightful
place, full of the sweet ecstasies and
thrilling Joys of a seventh heaven, but
over the brink— well, thera should be no
"over," for who was she? And who was
he? These two dreadfully stubborn facts
could not be forgotten, and the gulf be
tween them could not be spanned; sha
knew that only too well. No one bet
Brandon answered her <xu«atlon: "I do
not. know about going; 1 think I •halt.
I have volunteered with a ship that sails
In - two or. three ,. weeks from Bristol, and
I suppose I shall go."
"Oh. no! do you really mean ItT" It
gave her a pang to hear that ha was
actually going, and her love pulsed
higher; but she also felt a genaa of relief,
somewhat as a conscientious house
breaker might feel upon finding- the door
securely locked against him. It would
tako away a temptation which aha could
•not resist, and yet dared not yield to
"I think thero is no doubt that Z mean
It," replied Brandon. "I should Ilka to
remain in England until I can sava
enough money out of the King's allow
ance to pay the debt against my father's
estate, so that x may be able to go away
and feel that my brother and sisters ara
secure in their home— my brother is not
strong— but I know It Is better for me to
go new, and hope to find the money out
there. I could have paid it with what I
lost to Judson before I discovered him
cheating." This was the first tlma he had
ever alluded to the duel, and the thought
of it. In Mary's mind, added a faint touch
of fear to her feeling toward him.
She looked up with a light In her eyes
and asked: "What Is tha debt? How
much? Let ma give you th« money. I
have so much more than I need. Let ma
pay it. Please tell me how much it la.
and I will hand it to you. You can coma
to my rooms and get It or I will send
it to you. Now > tell me that I may.
Quickly." And she was allvo with, en
"There nowl you ara kind again; as
kind as even you can be. Ba surt I
thank you. although I say It only one*."
and ha looked Into her eyes with, a gas*
the could not stand even for an Instant.
This was growing dangerous again, bo,
catching himself, he turned the conver
sation back Into the bantering vein.
"Ah! you want to pay the debt that I
may have no excuse to remain? Is that
It? Perhaps you are not so kind after
"No! no! you know better. But let ma
pay the debt. How much Is It and to
whom is it owing? Tell ma at once, I
"No! no! La-dy Mary. I cannot."
"Please do. I beg — If I cannot com
mand. Now I know you will; you -would
not make me beg twice for anything."
She drew closer to him as sha spoke, and
put her arm coaxingly upon his arm.
AVith an irresistible impulse- ha took tha
hand in his and lifted It to his lips in
. a lingering caress that could not be mis
taken. It was all so quick and so full
of tire and meaning that Mary took
fright, and the Princess, for tho mo
ment, came uppermost.
"Master Brandon!" she exclaimed
sharply and drew away her hand. Bran
don dropped the hand and moved over
on the seat. He did not speak, but turn
ed bis face from her and looked out of
the window toward the river. Thus they
sat in silence, Brandon's hand resting list
lessly upon the cushion between them.
Mary saw the eloquent movement away
from her and his speaking attitude, with
averted face; then the Princess went Into
eclipse, and the imperial woman was
ascendant once more. She looked at him
for a brief space with softening eyes.
. and, lifting her hand, put It back In his,
"There It Is again— If you want It."
Want It? Ah! This to too much! Th«
hand would not satisfy now; It must b«
all, all! And he caught her to his arms
with a violence that frightened her.
"Please don't, please! Not this time.
Ah! have mercy, Charl — Well! There!
• • • There! • • • Mary mother, for
give me." Then her woman spirit fell
before the whirlwind of his passion, and
ehe was on his breast with her whlt»
arms around his neck, paying the same \
tribute to the 1 little blind god that h«
would have exacted from the lowliest
maWen of the land. Just as though It
¦were not the blood of fifty Kings and
Queens that made so red and sweet, aye,
sweet as nectar thrice distilled, thorn lips
which now so freely paid their dues in
Brandon held the-girl for a moment or
two, then fell upon hla knees and buried
his face in her lap.
"Heaven* help me:** he cried.
Sho pushed th«» ha!r bark frum. his fore
head with her hand, and as she fondled
the curls leaned over him and softly
"Heuven help us both; for I Iov»
you!" ¦- y
He sprang to his feet "Don't! don't!
I- pray yon," he said wildly, and almost
ran from her.
Mary followed him nearly to the door
of, .the room, but when he turned hf
saw - that sha had .stopped and was
standing with her hands over her face,
as If in tears.
He went back to her an* said: "I tried
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