She took those thin fingers between her two little handsshe bent her head et les effleura de ses lèvres (I put that in French, because the word effleurer is an exquisite word). Moore was much moved: a large tear or two coursed down his hollow cheek.
Ill keep these things in my heart, Cary; that kiss I will put by, and you shall hear of it again some day.
Come out! cried Martin, opening the door. Come awayyou have had twenty minutes instead of a quarter of an hour.
She will not stir yetyou hempseed.
I dare not stay longer, Robert.
Can you promise to return?
No, she cant, responded Martin. The thing mustnt become customary: I cant be troubled. Its very well for once; Ill not have it repeated.
Youll not have it repeated?
Hush! dont vex himwe could not have met today but for him; but I will come again, if it is your wish that I should come.
It is my wishmy one wishalmost the only wish I can feel.
Come this minute; my mother has coughed, got up, set her feet on the floor. Let her only catch you on the stairs, Miss Caroline; youre not to bid him good-bye (stepping between her and Moore)you are to march.
My shawl, Martin.
I have it. Ill put it on for you when you are in the hall.
He made them part; he would suffer no farewell but what could be expressed in looks; he half carried Caroline down the stairs. In the hall he wrapped her shawl round her, andbut that his mothers tread then creaked in the gallery, and but that a sentiment of diffidencethe proper, natural, therefore the noble impulse of his boyish heart, held him back, he would have claimed his rewardhe would have said, Now, Miss Caroline, for all this give me one kiss. But ere the words had passed his lips, she was across the snowy road, rather skimming than wading the drifts.
She is my debtor, and I will be paid.
He flattered himself that it was opportunity, not audacity, which had failed him; he misjudged the quality of his own nature, and held it for something lower than it was.
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