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that I had been sincere. I had loved
him indeed, and it had been the love
of a good man and the knowledge of
my hideous perfidy that had awaken-
ed my soul. He listened till I had
" 'I prayed for that,' he 'said. 'Now
I can die happily, Vera. And you
" 'I shall devote the rest of my life
to trying to atone for my past life,' I
"He kissed me, and then, as the
guard was growing very impatient, I
departed. I never saw him again.
The enemy entered the town on the
second day, and I have no doubt that
he had already been shot in the cita
del." It would be impossible to exagge
rate the horror on the face of the
Red Cross nurse as she finished
speaking. Then I took up the tale.
"You cannot be sure that he died,"
I answered. "Suppose, for instance,
that the order of the czar had not
arrived before the storming of Kruje
vatz and that he escaped."
"He would give himself up," she
answered with conviction.
"Well, then," I resumed, "let us
suppose that the order had not ar
rived. Imagine that the prison was
thrown open in the face of the
enemy, and that he took a rifle and
fought like a common soldier, dis
tinguishing himself so greatly that
afterward the case was reopened.
Suppose just for a possibility, which
can do no harm "that the truth
came out. Suppose he was pardon
ed and restored to his rank in the
She looked at me with wide eyes.
"What do you mean? What do you
know?" she cried.
"Suppose," I continued, "that he
fought through the rest of that cam
paign until he received a crippling
wound, which was the cause of his
retirement, on half-pay, and that he
left the service full of honors and
warmly appreciated by his royal
She grasped me by the hand. "You
have heard something; you are con
cealing something. Do not keep me
in suspense!" she cried. "If you
know anything of Colonel Repovitch,
if indeed he does not lie beneath the
sod in the arsenal of Krujevatz, tell
me, for pity's sake!"
At that moment my officer friend,
having finished his siesta, came down
the steps of the hotel, looking for me.
When he was a hundred paces away,
halting on his cane, and stretching
himself in the farm sunshine, I called
"Repovitch!" I cried. "Come here!
Here is a lady who wants to make
The Red Cross nurse stood still as
if turned to ice.
"Where is the lady who wants to
meet an old cripple?" asked Repo
vitch, hobbling gayly toward us.
I took the nurse by the hand, and
led her toward him. I could feel the
blood throbbing fiercely in her veins.
"Here," I answered. Thus I left
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