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AUTHOR OF “ROBBERY UNDER ARMS," "THE MINER'S RIGHT," ETC.
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“ Promise me not to be away more an a month, darling, will you not ? ” He was a tall, fair, well-dressed man who thus spoke to a lady equipped for a journey. They stood close together on the platform of the London Bridge railway on a winter evening. His face was eager, the tone of his voice almost imploring, as he continued, “I cannot help thinking, Marguerite, that you might have avoided this wretched journey altogether."
“Yes, Hugh, and avoided, as you call it, at the same time, the clearest, the most sacred duty."
As she answered, her husband--for such he wasmarked almost with pain her resolved air, that tranquil expression of the features which tells the gazer more emphatically than words that there is no hope of change.
With a quick gesture as of renunciation, he whispered, “My darling! you possess every virtue under the sun; but some wicked old fairy threw down a root of obstinacy at your christening. However, we have argued it out, and I never knew you change at the eleventh hour. Come back as quickly as you can. The poor children will be so lonely, and I—but of course it does not matter."
“Hugh! oh, my own one !” said the woman, turning towards him a face with every feature working piteously in a brave attempt to subdue strong emotion. E