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Thats Tiow weve been getl gOt Br
golly M Biugham M Granger sid pres I
ently starving pretty well starving Its
only you who have bon making money
Weve been sitting on tho same dock leaf
while you bavo becomo a great man I it
had not been for Beatrices salary shes behaved I
haved very well about the salary has Bea
trice I anisuri I dont understand how thoI
poor girl clothes herself on what she keep j I
I know that she bad to go without a warm
cloak this winter because sho got a cough
from it wa should have been in the work
house and that i hero wo shall bo yet
and he rubbed tho back of his withered hand I
= z across his eyes
Geoflroy gasped Beatrice with scarcely
enough means to clothe herself Beatrice
Bhivering and becoming ill from tho want of
a cloak while bo lived iu luxury It made
him sick t think of it For a moment he
could say nothing
I have come here Ive come went on
the old man in a broken voice broken not s
much by shame at having t make tho re
quest as from fear lest it should b refused
t ask you i you could lend mo n little mo
ney I dont know whero t turn I dont in
deed or I would not do it M BSngham I I
have spent my last pound t get hero If you
could lend jno a hundred pounds Pd give you
my note of hand for it and try t pay it back
little by little wo might take twenty pounds
Q year from Beatrices salary
Dont pl nfo not talk of such a
thing ejaculated tho horrified Geoffrey
Whyo the devils my check book Oh I
know I left it in Boltou street Here this
will do as el and ho took up a draft made
out t bis order and rapidly signing h
name on the back of it handed it to Mr
Granger It was in payment the fees in
tho great case of Parsonsand Douse and some
other matters M Granger took the draft
and holding it close t his eyes glanced at
tho amount it was 200
But this i double what I asked for he
said doubtfully Am I to return you 103F
No no answered Geoffrey I dare say
that you have some debts t pay Thank
heaven 1 can get on very well and earn more
money than I want Not enough clothing
it i shocking t think of 1 he added more t
himself than t his listener
The old man rose his eyes fall of tears
God bless you he sd God bless you I
do not know how t thank yonI dont in
deed And lie caught Geoffreys hand be
tween his trembling palms and pre it
Please do not say any moreMr Granger
It really i only a matter of mutual obliga
tion No ro I dont want any note of
kiatuLlf I wero to die it might be used
igainst yen You can pay me whenever It Is
You are too good Mr Bingham said the
old clergyman Where could another man
be found who would lend me 203 without
security where indeed By the way ho
dded I forgot my mind is in such a whirl
Will you come back with me for a few days
t Bryngelly We shall all be s pleased if
you can Do come Mr Bin hm you look
u though you want achange you do indeed
Geoffrey dropped his hand heavily on the
V desk But half an hour before he had made
up his mind not t go to Bryngelly And
The vision of Beatrice rose before his eyes
Beatrice who had gone cold all the winter
and never told him oae word of their biting
poverty the longing for the sight of Beatrice
came into his heart and like a hurricane
swept the defenses of his reason totho level
ground Temptation overwhelmed him he
no longer struggled against it He must see
her if it was only t say goodby
Thank you ho said quietly lifting his
bowed head Yes I have nothing particular
lar t do for the next day or two I think
that I will come When do you go back
Well I thought of taking the night mail
butl feel so tired I rexllydontknow I think
I shall h by the 9 oclo ± l train tomorrow
That will suit me very well said Geof I
frey and now what are you going t do
tonight You had better come and dine and
sleep at my house No dross clothes I Oh
never mind there are some people coming
but they wont cans a clergyman is always
dressed Come along and I w get that
drift cashed The bank i sbut but I can
it n
manage it
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Never before had Mr Grangcr had such a
go d dinner suc
Geoffrey and Mr Granger reached Boltou
street about 0 oclock The drawing room I
was still full of callers Lady Honorias
young men mustered in great force in those I
days They were very inoffensive young
men and Geoffrey had no particular objec
tion t the Only ho found it difficult to
remember all their names When Gaoffrey
entered tho drawing room there were no leas
than flvoof them to say nothing of two stray
ladies all superbly dressed and metaphorically
sitting at Honorias very pretty feet Other
wise their contributions t the general store
of amusement did not amount t much for
her ladyship did most of tho talking
Geoffrey introduced Mr Granger whom
Honoria could not at first remember Nor
did she receive the announcement that ho I
W going t dinG and stay th night with
any particular enthusiasm The young men
melted away at Geoffreys advent like mists I
before a rising sun Ho greeted them
bforo rsig sn gctd civilly
enough but with him they had nothing in I i
common To tell the truth they were a lit I
tIe afraid of him Tills mau with his dark I
handsome face sealed with tho stamp of in I
tellect his powerful lookin fonzi l dressed
according t their standard and his great I 1 I
and growing reputation was Q person with II
whom they had no sympathy and who they I
felt had no sympathy with them 0 talk n j
I though there i ono heaven and one bell for j I
all of u but hero must bo some mistalre An
impassable gulf yawns between the different
classes of mankind What has such a man i
as Geoffrey t do with the feeble mule and I
female butterflies of a London drawing room t i
There i only one link between them they I I
liyo on the same planet I
When the five young men and the two stray i
a = ladies had melted away Gooffreytook Mr i i I j
to his room down stairs
Granger up t 41 Cnung stir
a again ho found Lady Honoria waiting for I I I
him f the study
r I that individual really going t dine and I
t i VnF cba ukad J i
Ides I I
Certainly Io orb he has brought no
dress clothes he answered I
Really Geoffrey it is too bad of you
said the with irrita
sid lady witl some pardonable irit
tion Why do you bring people to dinner
in this promiscuous way It will quit upset
tho table Just fancy asking an olfl Welsh
clergyman to dine who has not the slightest j
pretensions to being a gentleman when one
has the prime minister and a bishop coming
and a clergyman without dress clothes too
What has he come forP I I I
uHe came to see mo on business and as t
the people coming t dinner if they dont like I
it they can grumble when they go homo By
tho way Honoria I am going down to Wales
for a day or two tomorrow I want a
change I I
Indeed Going t ECO tho lovely Beatrice j
I suppose You had better b3 careful Geof J 1
frey That girl will get you into a mess and j
if she does there of ire
fbe doe t1ee are plenty peoplewho aro
ready t mako an example of you You have I I I
enemies enough I can tell you I am not
jealousit is not in my line but you are too I 1
intimate with that girl and you will be sorry I
for it one day
Nonsense said Geoffrey angrily but
nevertheless ho felt that Lady Honorias
words were words of truth It struck him
moreover that she must feel this strongly or
she would not have spoken in that tone
Honoria did not often pose a a household
philosopher Still he would not drawback
now His heart was set on seeing Beatrice
Am I t understand went on his wife
that you still object t my staying with the
Garsingtons I think it is a little hard that
i I do not make a fuss about your going t
sea your village paragon you should refuse
t allow me t viiit my own brother
Geoffrey felt that ho was being bargained
with It was degrading but in the extrem
ity of his folly ho yielded I
Go i you like ho sid shortly but i you
tako Etne mind that she is properly looked
after that i all and he abruptly left the
Lady Honoria looked after him slowly
nodding her handsome bead Ahi she said
to herself I have found out how t manage
you now You have your weak point like
other people Master Geoffrey and it spells
Beatrice Only you must not go too fa I
am not jealous but I am not going t have 1
scandal for fifty Beatrices I will not allow
you t lose your reputation and position
Just fancy a man like that pining for a village
lage girl sho i nothing more And they
talk about his being E clever Well ho al
ways liked ladies society that i his failing
and now he has burnt his fingers They all
do later these clever
sooner or lat especially ceve
men The women flatter them thats it OJ
COnS tho girl is trying t get bold of him
and she might do worse but so surely as my
Dame Is Honoria Bingbam twIll put a spoke
In her wheel before she has done Bah and
they laugh at the power or women when n
man like Geoffrey with a the world to lose
grows love sick for a pretty face it is a very
pretty face by tho way I do believe that if
I were out of the way ho would marry her
But I am in the way and mean to stay there
Well it is time t dress fordinner I only
hope that old clown of a clsrgyrnan wont do
something ridiculous I shall have t apolo
gize for bun
Dinner time had come it was D quarter
past 8 and tho room was filled with highly
bred people a more or less distinguished
Mr Granger had duly appeared arrayed in
his threadbare black coat relieved however
by a pair of Geoffreys dress shoes As might
have been expected the great folk did not
seem surprised at his presence or to take any
particular notice of his attire the fact being
that such people never are surprised A
Zulu chief in full war des would only excite
a friendly interest i their breasts On the
contrary they recognized vaguely that the
old gentleman was something out of the com
mon run and n such worth cultivating
Indeed the prime minister hearing casually
that ho was a clergyman from Wales asked
to be introduced t him and at once fell into
conversation about tithes a subject of which
Mr Granger was thoroughly master
Presently they went down to dinner M
Granger escorting the wife of tlie bishop a
fat and somewhat apoplectic lady blessed
with an excellent appetite On his other
side was the prime minister and between tho
two ho got on very well especially after a
few glasses of wine Indeed both the
glae wine Inded bth apo
plectic wife of the bishop and the head of her
majestys government were subsequently
heard t declare that Mr Granger was a
very entertaining1 person To tho former he
related with much detail how his daughter
had saved their hosts life and t the latter
bo discoursed the of tithes
diour upon subject titbe fa
voring him with his ideas of what legislation
vn necessary t meet tho question Some
what t his own surprise ho found that his
views were received with attention and oven
with respect In the main to they re
ceived tho support of tho bishop who like
wise felt keeuly on tho subject of tithes
Never before had Mr Granger had such a
good dinner nor mingled with company 0
distinguished Ho remembered both till hi
d in day
Next morning Geoffrey and Mr Granger
started before Lady Honoria was up Into
the details of their long journey to Wales in
n crowded third class carriage wo need not
enter Geoffrey had plenty to think of but
his fears had vanished a fears sometimes do
when wo draw near t the object of them
and had been replaced by n curious expectan
cy Ho saw now or thought he saw that ho
had been making a mountain out of a mole
hill Probably it meant nothing at nIl
There wa no real danger Beatrice liked
him no doubt possibly she had even experi
enced a fit of tenderness towards him Such
things come and such things go Time is a
wonderful healer of moral distempers and
few young ladies endure thq chains of an un
desirable attachment for a period of seven
wholo months I made him almost blush t
think that this might bo s and that tho gra
tuitous extension of hisinisfortuno to Beatrice
might b nothing more than tho working of
his own unconscious vanity a vanity which
did sho know of it would move her to angry
He remembered bow once when hewql io
n young fellow bo had been somewhat smit
ten with a certain lady who certainly if he
might judge from her words and acts recip
rocated tbo sentiment And he remembered
also how when he met that lady some months I
afterwards she had treated him with a cold
indifference indeed almost with an insolence
that quite bewildered him making him won
der how the same person could show in such
different lights till at length fairly mortified
and ashamed at his mistake ho had gone
away in n ro and seen her face 10 more
Of course he bad set it down t female infi
delity Hobadserved her turn ho had made
a fool of him and thatwas all the wanted
Now ho might enjoy his humiliation It did
not occur to hit borrow an energetic
American term that it might be simple
c dne3t or that she had not really
changed but was angry with him for some 1
reason which size did not choose to show It
is difficult to weigh tho motives of women iu
the scales of male experience and many other I I
men besides Geoffrey havo been forced to
give up the attempt and console themselves I
with tho reflection that tho inexplicable i
generally I notyprth understanding
Yes probably i would be the same case
over again And yet and yet was Beatrice
of that class Had she not too much of a
mans straightforwardness of aim t permit
her t play such tricks I tbobottorn of his
soul ho thought that the had but ho would
not admit it t himself Tho fact of the
matter was that half unknowingly ho was
trying t drughis conscience He knew in
his longing t see her dear face once more
i that ho had undertaken a dangerous thing
He was about to walk with her over an abyss
on a bridge which might bear them or
might break S long n he walked there
alone it would bowel but would it bar them
both Alas for the frailty of human nature
this was the truth but ho would not and did
not acknowledge it He was not going t
make love to Beatrice he was going t enjoy
tho pleasure of her society In friendship
there could bo no harm
It is not difficult thus to still the qualms of I
an uneasy mind more especially when tbo
thing in question at its worst is rather an of
fens against local custom than against nat
ural law In many countries of tho world
in nearly all countries indeed at different
J1 epochs of their history it would have been
no wrong that Geoffrey and Beatrice should
love each other and human nature in strong
temptation is very apt to override artificial I
barriers erected to suit tho convenience or I j
promote tho prosperity of particular sections I
of mankind But as wo have heard oven
though all things may be lawful yet a
things are expedient To commit or even
t condone an act because the principle that
stamps it n wrong will admit of argument
on its merits is mere sophistry by the aid of
which wo might prove ourselves entitled t
defy the majority of laws of all calibers
Laws vary t suit tho generations but each
generation must obey its own or confusion
I will ensue A deed should b judged by its
fruits it may even bo innocent in itself yet
I if it fruits aro evil tho doe in a sense is guilty
Thus in some countries t mention tho name
I of your motherinlaw entails the mos un
pleasVint consequences on that intimate rela
tion Nobody can say that to name the lady
is a thing wicked in itself yet the man who
knowing tho penalties which will ensue
allows himself even in a fit of passion against
that relative t violate the custom and
mention her by name is doubtless offender
hu too the result of an entanglement
between a woman and a man already married
generally means unbappiness and hurt to all
concerned more especially t tho woman
I whose prospects are perhaps irretrievably5
injured thereby It is useless to point t ly
I example of the patriarchs soma foreign
royal families and many respectable Turks
it is useless t plead that the lovo is a deep
I and holy love for which a man or woman
might well live and die or t show extenuat
ing circumstances in the fact of loneliness
need of sympathy and that the existing
marriage is a hollow sham The rule i
clear A mau may do most things except
cheat at cards or run away in action a
woman may break halt a dozen hearts or try
to break them and finally put herself up at
auction and take no harm at allbut neither
of them may in any event do this
Not that Geoffrey t do him justice had
any such intentions Most men are incapa
ble of plots of that nature I they fall it is
when the voice of conscience is lost in the
whirlwind of passion and counsel i darkened
by the tumultuous pleadings of the heart
Their sin i that they will most of them al
I low themselves t b put in positions favor
able to the development of these disagreeable
influences It is not safe t light cigarettes
in a powder factory I Geoffrey had done
what ho ought t have done he never would
I have gone back t Bryngelly and there
would have been no story to tell or no more
than there usually is
I At length Mr Granger and his guest
reached Brvngclly there was nobody t
meet them for nobody knew that they were I
coming s they walked up t the vicarage
It was strange t Geoffrey once more to pass
by the little church through those well re
membered wind torn pines and see that loW
long house It seemed wonderful that all
should still be just as it was that there should
be no change at all when he himself had seen
6 much There was Beatrices home where
was Beatrice
He passed into the house like a man in a
dream In another moment he was in the
long parlor where ho had spent so many
happy hours and Elizabeth was greeting
him He shook hands with her and as ho
did s noticed vaguely that she too was ut
terly unchanged Her straw colored hair
vn pushed back from the temples in tho
same way the mouth wore the same hard
smile her light eyes shone with the sro cold
look she even wore the same brown dress
But she appeared t bo very pleased t see
him n indeed she vn for the genie looked
well for Elizabeth Her father kissed her
hurriedly and bustled from tho room to look
t up his borrowed cash leaving them together
i j Somehow Geoffreys conversational powers
I i failed him Where was Beatrice She ought
j j I t b back from school It was holiday time
indeed Could she be
e Culd away
I He made an effort and remarked absently
that things seemed very unchanged at Bryn
gollyYoU I I I
I I You are looking for Beatrice said Eliza
beth answering his thought and not his
words She has gone out walking b t I
think that sho will bo back son Excuse me
but I must go and see about your room
i Geoffrey bung about little then ho lit his
pipe and strolled down t tho beach with n
vague unexpressed idea of meeting Beatrice
He did not meet Beatrice but ho met old Ed
ward who know him at once
I Lord sir he said its queer to s6e you
here again specially when I thinks as how I
saw you Ihst and you a dead un t all pur j I
poses with your mouth open and Miss Bea
trice ahangingon to your hair fit to pull your
scalp off You never was nearer old Davy
than you was that night sir nor wont be
And now youvo been spared to become a
parliament man I hears and much good
may you do thero it will take you all your
time sir and I think sir that I should like
to drink health
t drnk your beulb
Geoffrey put his hand in his pocket and
gave the old man a sovereign He could af
ford to do So now
hDoe Miss Beatrice go out canoeing now
bo asked whilo Edward still mumbled his astonished
tonished thanks
At times sir thanking you kindly it
nint many rn6 s u comes iny way
though I hate the sight on it I do Id like to
stave a hole in tho bottom of that there
cranky concern it aint safe and thats the
fact Therell be another accident out of it
one of these fine days and no coming t not
tim But Lord bless you its her way of
pleasuring herself Shes a queer uu is Miss
Beatrice and she gets queerer and queerer
what with their being so tight screwed up at
tho vicarage no tithes and that and one
thing and another Not but what Im think
ing sir ho added iu a portentous whisper
as tho squire has got summit to do with it
Hes a courting of her ho is hes as hard
after her as a dogfish after a stray herring
and why she cant just say yes and marry
him Im sure I dont know
Perhaps sho doesnt like him said Geof
frey coldly
May be sir may be Maids all have their
fancies in whatsoever walk of life it has
pleased God t stickem but its a wonderful
pity it is i He aint no great shakes ho aint
but hes a sound manno girl can want a
sounder lived quiet all his days you see sir
and whats more hes got tho money and
moneys tight up at the vicarage sir Gals
must give up their fancies sometimes sir
Lord I a brace of brats and shed forgot all
about em Im 7 years old and Ive seen
their ways sir though in a humble calling
You should pay a word to her sir shed
thank you kindly five years after Youd do
her a good turn sir you would and not a
bad un a the saying goes and give it the
ieno bog your pardon that i the other
i way round shes bound to do you the bad
I turn having saved your life though I dont
see how she could do that unless begging
I your pardon she made you fall in lovo with
I her being married which though strange
wouldnt be wunnerful seeing what she i
and seeing how I baa been in love with her
mysoir since sno was 7 old missus and nl
who died eight years gone and well rid of the
rheumatics v <
Beatrice was one of the few subjects that
could unlock old Edwards breast and Geof
frey retired before hisconfusing but sugges
tive eloquence Hurriedly bidding the old
man good night he returned to the house
and loaning tho gate watched tho twilight
dying on the bosom of the west I
Suddenly a bunch of wild roses in her
girdle Boatrica emerged from the gathering
gloom and stood before him face t face j
I t c5
Tell mo about you J f said Beatrice
Face to face they stx while at the vision
of her sweetness his heart grew stilL Face
to face and the faint light fell upon her ten
der loveliness and died in her deep eyes and
j I tho taint breeze fragrant with the breath of
I jiauo jjCiii4 siiu u her hair Oh it was
worth living to sea her thus
hI beg your pardon she said in a puzzled
tone stepping forward to pas the gate
Sho gave a little cry and clutched the rU
ing else she would have fallen One moment
she stayed s looking up towards his face
that was hid in the deepening shadow look
ing with wild eyes of hope and fear and love
I it you she sid at length or another
dream 1
It i I Beatrice he answered amazed
She recovered herself with an effort
Then why did you frighten me sol she
asked I was unkind oh I did not mean
to say anything cross What did I say I I
forget I am so glad that you have come 1
and she put her hand t her forehead and
looked at him again at one might gaze at n
ghost from the grave
Did you not expect me Geoffrey asked
I Expect you no No more than I expect
ed And she stopped suddenly
I It is very odd ho said I thought you
knew that your father was going t ask me
down I returned from London with him
I From London she murmured I did
not know Elizabeth did not tell me anything
about it I suppose that sho forgot
Hero I am at any rate and how are youi
1 Oh well now quite well There I am all
right again I is very wrong t frighten
people in that way M BIngharn she added
in her usual voice Let me pass through
the gate and I wj shako hands with you
i she added in a tone of gentle mockery
one may shako hands with so great a man
But I told you how it would be did 1 not
I just before wo were drowned together you
know How is Ellis
I EfHo flourishes he answered Do you
know you do npf Ipok very grand Your
father told me that you had a cold in tho
winter and Geoffrey shivered as he thought
of the cause I
I Oh thank youl have nothing to com
plain ot I am strong and welL How long
do you stay hen
I Not long Perhaps till Tuesday morning I
perhaps till Monday I
I j Beatrice sighed Happiness is short She
bad not brought Jiim here she would not
I have lifted n finger to bring him here but i
1 since be had come she wished that he was
I going t stay lon el
In I is supper time she said let us go
So they went in and ate their supper It
was happy meal Mt Granger was in al
J i most boisterbus spirits It is word rfnl
what a difference possession of that l200
j made in his demeanor ho seemed another
man I was true that a hundred of it must
go in paying debt but a hundred would bo
left which meant at least a years respite for
hhn Elizabeth too relaxed her habitual
grimness the o had its influence on her
also and there were other genial influences
at work in her dark secret heart Beatrice
knew nothing of the money and sat some
I what silent but she too was happy with the
wild unreal happiness that sometimes visits
us In dreams
A for Geoffrey if Lady Honoria could
have seen him she would have stared in astonishment I
tonishment Of late he had been a very
silent man many people indeed had found
him a dull companion But under the influ
ence of Beatrices presence he talked and
talked brilliantly Perhaps ho was uncon
sciously striving t show at his very best be
fore her as a man naturally does in the pres
ence of tho woman bo loves So brilliantly
did he talk that at lest thoy all bat still and
listened t him and they might lave been
woro employed
I At length supper was done and Elizabeth
retired t her room Presently too MI
Granger was called opt t christen a sick I
baby and went grumbling aud they were
left alone They sat in tho window place and
looked out at tho quiet night
Tell me about yourself said Beatrice
i So ho told her He narrated all the steps
by which ho had reached his present position
and showed her bow from it ho might rise to
the topmost heights of all She did not look
at him and did not answer him but once
when he paused thinking that ho bad talked
enough about himself she said Go on tell
mo some more
At last ho had told her all
Yes she said yoil have all the power
and tho opportunity and you will one day
tion bo nmong tho foremost men of your genera
1 doubt it he said with a sigh lam
not ambitious I only work for tha take of
the work not for what it will bring One
I dare that i shall of it all
day Iare say tmt shul weary o I
and leave it But while 1 do work I like to
be among the first hi my degree
Oh no sho answered you must not
givo it up you must go on aud on Promise
me she continued looking at him for the
first time proiniho me that while you bavo
health and strength you will persovero till
you stand alone and quito preeminent
Then you can give it Ip1
Why should I promise you this Beatrice
I Becauso L aSk it of you Once I saved
your life Mr Biugnam and it gives mo some
little right to direct its course I wish that
tho man whom 1 saved to tho world should
be among tho first men itj the world not in
wealth which is an accident but In intellect
and force Promiso me this and I shall bo
I promise you ho said I promise that
I will try to rise because you ask it not be
cause tho prospect attracts me but a he
spoke his heart was wrung It was bitter to
hear her speak thus of a future in which she
would have no share which n her words
implied would bo a thing utterly apart from
her n much apart as though she were dead
Yes he said again you gave me my
life and it makes me very unhappy t think
that I can giyo you nothing in return Oh
Beatrice will tell you what I have never
told to any one I am lonely and wretched
I With tho exception of yourself I do not think
that there is anybody who really cares for
I mean who really sympathizes with me jn
the world 1 dare say thdt it is my own I
fault and it sounds a humiliating thing t
sav andjp fashion n selfish hinir T ni ver
should have said it to any living Dut you
What is the use of being great when there i I
nobody t work for Things might have been
different but the world is a hard place I I
At this moment his hand touched hers it
was accidental but in the tenderness of his
heart ho yielded t the temptation and took
It Then there was a moments pause and
very gently she drew her hand away and
thrust it in her bosom I
You have your wife t share your for
tune she said you have Ethic to inherit it
and you can leave your name t your coun
Then came heavy pause
tAud you he said breaking it what fu
ture is i there for you I i I
She laughed softly Women have no fu
ture and they ask none At least I do not
now though once I did It is enough for
I I them if they can ever to little help the lives
I jof others That is their happiness and their
reward isrese
Just then JirGranger came back from his
christening and Beatrice rose and went to
bed Lopks a little pale doesnt she Mr Ding
hamf said Her father think she must
be troubled in her mind The fact iswell
there is no reason why J shouH not tell you
she thinks so much of you and you might fray
a word to brighten her up well its about
I Mr Davips I fancy you know that she
likes him and is vexed because be does not
i I come forward Well you seeof course I
may be mistaken but I have sometimes
i sometm
thought that bo may I havo seen him look
as if he was thinking of it though of course
it is more than Beatrice has got any right t
expect Shes only got herself and her good
I looks to give him and he i rich man Think
of it Mr and the old
M Bingham gentleman
I turned up his eyes piously just think what
a thing it would b for her and indeed for
a of us if it should please God to send a
chance like that in her way she would b
rich for life and such D position 1 But it i
possible ono never knows he might take a
fancy t her At any rate Mr Bingham I
I think you could cheer her up n little there i
no need for her to give UD hooo vet
Geoffrey burst into i a short grim laugh j I
The idea of Beatrice languishing for Owen
Davies indeed the irony of the whole pi
ton was too much for his sense of humor I
Yes ho said I dare say that it might
be a good match for her but I do not know
how she would get on with Mr Davies
Got on why well enough of course
Women are soft and can squeeze into most
h le especially if they are well lined B
sides ho may bo a bit heavy but I think she
i pining for him and its a pity that she
should waste her life like that What are
I you going to bed Well good night good
night i
Geoffrey did go to bed but not to slep
For n long while he lay awake thinking He
thought of the last night which he had spent
in this little room of its
lte rom it strange experiences
of all that had happened since and of tho
meeting of today Could he after thatmeet
ling I any longer doubt what were the feelings
j with which Beatrice regarded him It was
difficult t do s and yet there still was room
I for error Then ho thought of what old Ed
ward had said to him and of what Mr
t Granger had said with reference to Beatrice
and Owen Davies The views of both were
I i crudely and even vulgarly expressed but
they coincided and what was more there
I was truth in them and ho knew it The idea
Iof Beatrice marrying Mr Davies was t put
it mildly repulsive t him but had he any
1 claim to stand between her and so desirable a
I settlement in life Clearly he had not h
I conscience told him so
Could it bo right moreover that this kind
of tie which existed between them should be
knitted more closely What would it mean
Trouble and nothing but trouble more es
pecially Beatrice who would fret her days e
away to no end Ho had cone wrong in com
ing hero at all he had done wrong in taking
her hand He would make tho
e only repara j
tion in his power as though in such a case n
that of Beatrice r reparation were now possi
ble He would efface himself from her life
and see her no more Then she might learn
t forget him or at the worst to remember
him with but a vague regret Yes cost I I
what it might he would force himself to do
it before any actual mischief ensued The I
only question was should he not go further
Should he not tell her that sho would do well
to marry Mr Davies I
Pondering overthismost painful question
at last he went to sleep
1 f n T fl177
Let us sit hero and be happy for a little
I Tho next afternoon tho whole vicarage
party walked up to tho farm t Inspect an
other litter of young pigs It struck Geoffrey
j remembering former editions that tho re
productive powers of Mr Grangers old sow
were something little short of marvelous and
he dreamily worked out n calculation of how
long it would take her und her progeny t
produco a pig to every squaro yard of tho
area of plucky little Wales It seemed that
the thing could be done in six years which
was absurd so ho gave up calculating
I He bad no words alone with Beatrice that
afternoon Indeed a certain coldness seemed
to have sprung up between them With the
almost supernatural quickness of alovIng vo
mans intuition she bad divined thatsome
thing was passing in his mind inimical to her
mot vital interests > o she shunned his com
pany and received his conventional advances
with a politeness which was u cold as it was
crushing This did not please Geoffrey it is
Ole thing to maIm up yoU mind heroically to
abandon in her own interests of course I
lady whom you do not wish to compromise
and quite oth r to bo snubbed by that lady
before the moment of final separation Though
the Idea into words defined
ho never put or oven re
fined it In his mind for Geoffrey was far
to anxious and unhappy to be flippant at
any rate in thought ha would at heart have
wished her to remain the same indeed to wax
ever tenderqr till the fatal time of parting
arrived ali even to show appreciation of his
virtuous conduct
But to the utter destruction of most such
bands as Geoffrey held loving l women never
will play according to the book Their con
duct imperils everything for it Is obvious
that it takes two to bring an affair of this
nature to 1 dignified conclusion even when
the stakes aro highest and the matter is ono
of life and death Beatrice was after all very
much of 1 w man and she did not behave
much better than any other woman would
havq done She was angry and suspicious and
she showed it with the result that Geoffrey
grew angry also It was cruel of her he
thought considering all things Ho forgot
that she could know nothing of what was in
his mind however much she might guesa also
as yet he did not know thoboundless depth
and might of her passion for him and all
that it meant t her Had he realized this he
would have acted differently
i They came homo and tooc tea then Mr
Granger and Elizabeth mede ready t go to
evening service To Geoffreys dismay Bea
trice did thpsnme He had looked forward
J It ft V
l J
t l tN
ito i
t a quiet walk with her really this was ntft
to be borne Fortunately or rather unfortu
natelyrgho ready the first and ha got a
word with her
Ldid not know that you vere going to
Church lie sid I thought that wo might
have had a quiet walk together Very like
ly I shall have t go away early tomorrow I
morning I
I Indeed answered Beatrice coldly But I I
of course you have your work to attend to
II I told Elizabeth that I was coming church
I rant I must go it Is too sultry to walk theo
s going t be n storm
I At this moment Elizabeth came in
Well Beatrice said sheare you coming
to church Father has
t gone on
i I Beatrice pretended not to hear and reflect
ed a moment He would go away and she
would see him no more Could she let slip
this lost hour Oh she could not do it
i In that moment of reflection her fate was
i i No she answered slowly I dont think
that I am coming ft is to sultry to go to
church I daro say that M Bingham will
go you
I i Geoffrey hastily disclaimed auy such inten
tion and Elizabeth started off alone Ah V
she said t her lf I thought that you
j would not come my dear
I Well said Geoffrey when she had well
gone shall we go out I
uI think it i pleasanter here answered
I Oh Beatrice dont bo s unkind he sd
i A you lk sho replied There is a
floe sunset I think that we shall havo a
j Thoy went out and turned up tho lonely
beach The place was utterly d rte and
they walked a little way apart and almost
without speaking The sunset was magnificent
cent great flakes of golden cloud were con
tiuually driven from a home of splendor in
the west towards the cold lined horizon of
the land Tho sea was still quiet but it
moaned like a thing in pin The storm was
fast gathering
I What a lovely sunset I said Geoffrey at
It i a fatal sort of loveliness she an
swered it will be n bad night and a wet
morrow The wind is rising shall we turn
I No Beatrice never mind the wind I
do want t speak t you if you will allow me to
I I Yes said Beatrice what about M
Bingham 1
To mako good resolutions in a matter of
this sort is comparatively easy but the car
rying of them out presents some difficulties
Geoffrey conscience stricken into priggishness
ness wished to tell her that she would do well
t marry Owen Davies and found tho matter
I difficult lence Meanwhile Beatrice preserved si
I The fact i he said at length I most
sincerely hope you will forgive me but I have
ben thinking a great deal about you and
your future welfare
I I That is very kind of you said Beatrice
with an ominous humility
I This was disconcerting but Geoffrey was
determined and ho went on in a somewhat
I flippant tone born of the most intense nerv
ousness and hatred of his task Never had
he loved her so well as now in this moment
when he was about to counsel her to marry
another man And yet he persevered in his
folly For a so often happens the shrewd
insight and knowledge of the world which
distinguished Geoffrey as a lawyer when deal
ing in the affairs of others quite deserted
him inthis crisis of his own life and that of
the woman who worshiped him
I Sinco I have been here he said I have
had no less than three appeals made t me
on your behalf and by separate people by
your father who fancies that you aro pining
for Owen Davies by Owen Davies who i
certainly pining for you and by old Edward I
intervening n a kind of domestic amicus
conan 1
Inde1 said Beatrice in a voice of ice
All these three urged the same thing
the desirability of your marrying Owen Da
Beatrices face grew quite pale her lp
twitched and her gray eyes flashed angrily
I Really she said and have you any ad
vice to give on the subject Mr Bingham5
I Yes Beatrice I have Iliave thought it
over and I think that forgive roe again
that i you can bring yourself to it perhaps
you had better marry him He is nol such a
bad sort of a man and he i well off I
They had been walking rapidly and now
they were reaching the pot known n the
Amphitheatre that same spot where Owen
Davies had proposed to Beatrice some seven
months before
Beatrice passed around the projecting edgo
of rock and walked some way towards the
flat slab of stone in the center before she an
swered While she did s a great and bitter
anger filled her heart She saw or thought
I she saw It alL Geoffrey wished t b rid of
her He had discerned an element of danger
I in their intimacy arid was anxious t mao
that intimacy impossible by pushing her into
a distasteful marriage Suddenly she turned
I and faced him turned like a thing at bay
The last red rays of sunset struck upon her
lovely face made more lovely still by its
stamp of haughty anger they lay upon her
heaving breast Full in tho eyes she looked
him with those wide angry eyes of hers
never before had he seen her wear so imperial
oa mien Her dignity and the power of her
presence literally awed him for at times Bea
trices beauty was of that royal stamp which
when it bide a heart is a compelling force
conquering and born to conquer
Does it not strike you Mr Bingham she
said quietly that you aro taking a very
great liberty Does it not strike you that no
man who is not a relation has any right t
speak t a woman as you have spoken t me
that in short you have been guilty of what
in most peoplo would bo an impertinence
What right have you to dictate to mo n to
I whom I should or should not marry Surely
of all things in the world that is my own
j Geoffrey colored to the eyes A would
havo been the casa with most men of his doss
he felt her accusation of having taken a lib
erty of having presumed upon an intimacy
more keenly than any which she could have
brought against him
Forgive me7 he said humbly I can
only assure you that I bad no such intention i
I only spoke illjndgedly I fear because I
because I felt driven to it1
Beatrice took no notice of bis words but
went on in the same cold voice
ejWlmt right have you to speak of my af
fairs with Mr Davies with an old boatman
or even with my father Had I wished you
to do so I should have asked you By what
authority do you constitute yourself an in
termediary for tho purpose of bringing about
a marriage which you are so good n t con
sider would bo to my pecuniary interest D
you know that such a matter is one which
the woman concerned the woman whoso
happiness and self respect are at stake alone
can judge on I have nothing more to say
except tins I said just now that you had
ben guilty of what would in most people be
an impertinence Well I will add something
In this case Mr Bingham thero are circum
stances which make ita cruel insult
She stopped speaking then suddenly with
out the slightest warning burst into a flood
int foo
of passionate weeping A she did so the I
first rush of the storm passed over them
winnowing the air a with a thousand eagles II
wings and was lost on the moaning depths
The light went out of tho sky Now Geof
frey could only see the faint outlines of her
weeping face One moment bo hesitated and
one only then nature prevailed against him
for tho next she was in his arm
I Beatrice scarcely resisted him Her ener
gies seemed t fail her or perhaps she had
spent them in her bitter words Her head
fell upon his shoulder and thero she sobbed
Her fill Presently she lifted it and their Up
met in a first long k It was finished this
was the end of it and thus did Geoffrey
prosper Owen Davie suit
Oh you are cruel cruel he whispered
in her car You must hava known I loved
Ton B itricp that I spoke against myself
because I thought it t be my duty Ton
must have known that t my sin and sorrow
I have always loved you that you have
never been a hour from my mind that I
have longed see your face like a sick man
for the light Tell me did you not know it
Beatrice r1
I How should I know she answered very
I softly I could only guess and i indeed
I you love me how could you wish me to mary
another man I thought that you had
learned my weakness and took this way t
reproach me Oh Geoffrey what have we
done What i there between you and m
except our 10e1
It would have been better i we had been
drowned together at the first he said
heaviyN nosho answeredfor then we never
should have loved each other Better first to
love and then to die I
Do not speak so ho said Let us sit
here and bo happy for a little while tonight
and leave trouble till tomorrow
And where on a bygone day Beatrice bad
tarried with another wooer side by side they
sat upon the great stone and talked such talk
as lovers user
Above them moaned the rising gale though
sheltered as they were by cliffs its breath
scarcely stirred their hair In front of them
the long waves boomed upon the beachwhila
far out to sea the crescent moon draped in
angry ight seemed to ride the waters like a
And they wero alone with their great bliss
or did they only dream Nay they were
alone alone with love and lovers joys and
all the truth was told and all their doubts
were gone Now there was an end of hopes
and fears now reason fell and love usurped
his throne and afthat royal coming heaven
threw wide her gates Oh sweetest and most
dear Oh dearest and most sweet Oh to
have lived to find this happy hour I Oh in
this hour to die
See heaviness is behind us see now we are
one Blow ye winds blow out your stormy
heart no know the secret of your strength
you rush to your desire Fall deep waters
of the sea fall in thunder at the feet ofl
earth we hear the music of your pleading
Earth and seas and winds sing your great
chant of love Heaven and space and time
echo back the melody For life has called tc
us the answer of his riddle Heart to heart
we sit and lips to lips and we are more visa
than Solomon and richer than barbarian
kings for happiness is ours
To this end were wo born dearest and most
sweet and from all time predestinate To
this end sweetest and most dear do wo live >
and die in death to find completer unity
For here is that secret of the world which
wise men search and cannot find and here
too is the gate of heaven
Look into my eyes and let me gaza on
yours and listen how these things be The
world is but a mockery and a shadow is our
flesh for where once they were there shall j
be naught Our love is real love shall en
dure till all the suns are dead and yet bo
Kiss mo thou conqueror for destiny is
overcome sorrow is gone by and the flama
that wo have hallowed upon this earthly
altar shall still burn brightly and yet moro
brightly when yonder stars have lost their
But alas words cannot give a fitting form
to such a song as this Let music try I But
music also folds her wings For in so su
promo an hour
A bolt is shot back somewhere In our breast
and through that opened door como sights
and sounds such as cannot bo written
They tell us it Is madness that this un
I earthly glory but the frenzy of a passion
gross in its very essence Let those think
I it who will but to dreamers lot them leav
j their dreams Why then at such a time
do visions como to children of the world like
Beatrice or Geoffrey Why do their doubts
vanish and what Is that breath from heaven
which they seem to feel upon their brow
The intoxication of earthly love born of the >
meeting of youth and beauty So be itl
Slave bring more such wine and let us drink
to Immortality and to those dear eyes that
mirror forth a spirits face
Such loves Indeed art few For they must
be real and deep and natures thus shaped
are rare nor do they often cross each others
line of life Yes few there are who can bo
borne so high and none can breathe that
ether long Soon the wings which Love lent
them in his hour of revelation will shrink
and vanish and the borrowers will fall back
to the level of this world happy if they es
cape uncrusned Perchance even in their
life days they may find these spirit wings
again overshadowing the altar of their vows
in the hour of earthly marriage if by some
happy fate marriage should be within their
reach or like the holy pinions of the goddess
Nout folded about a coffin in the hour oC
earthly death Bat scant are the occasions
and few there are who know them
Thus soared Beatrice and Geoffrey while
the wild night beat around them making i
fit accompaniment to their stormy loves
And thus too they fell
We must bo going Geoffrey it grown
late said Beatrice Oh Geoffrey Geoffrey
what have we done What con be the end oC
all this It will bring trouble ou you I know
that it must The old saying will como true I
saved your life and I shall bring ruin on you lw I
It is characteristic of Beatrice that already
she was thinking of the consequences to Geof
frey not of those to hersalf
Beatrice said Geoffrey we are in a des
perate position Do you wish to face it and
coma away with me far away to the other
side of the world
No no she answered vehemently it
would be your ruin to abandon the career
that is before you What part of the world
could you go to where you would not ba
known Besides there is your wife to think
of Ah God your wife what would shosay
of me You belong to her you have no right
to desert her And there is EfHe too No
Geoffrey no I have been wicked enough to
learn to love you oh as you were never loved
before if it is wicked to do what ono cannot
help but I am not bad enough for this Walk
quicker Geoffrey we shall bo late and they
will suspect something
Poor Beatrice the pangs of conscience were
finding her out I
Wa are in a dreadful position again ha
said Oh dearest I have been to blame I
should never have corne back here It is my
I j fault and though I never thought of this I
I did my best to please you
And I thank you for it she answered
Do not deceive yourself Geoffrey What
ever happens oh promise me never for one
1 moment to believe that I reproached or blamed
you Why would I blame you because you
won my heart Let mo sooner Mama the sea
on which we floated the beach where wa
walked the house in which we lived and the
destiny that brought us together I am
proud and glad to love you dear but I am
not so selfish as to wish to ruin yea Geoffrey
I bad rather die
Dout talk so he said I cannot bear
it What are watodo Am I to go away
and es you no morel How can wa live so
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