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I have had time, he said, bitterly, and I can come to no other conclusion. And you have not heard all. I charged her withher treachery; I had seen them together in the conservatory at Belfayre, hadhis voice grew hoarseseen him kiss her. I charged her with it, andoh, my God! she confessed it, defied me! The next morning she was gone! They were gone! He went without a word!
Yes, I kissed her; all the world may know it, for there is no shame in it for her or me. The kiss was meant forfor some one else. He faltered. Lady Wyndover, I want Lilias to be my wife. Esmeralda knows it, and promised to help me; and in my gratitude, yes, and my love for herfor I still love her, though not as I love LiliasTime passed unnoticed by him; he was in a kind of trance, and he started when the doctor touched him upon the shoulder and beckoned him from the bedside.
Not always. Sometimes a girl has to marry forwell, for all sorts of reasons other than love for her future husband; and then She paused, stopped by Esmeraldas direct and questioning glance.But they cant all be in love with him! said Esmeralda, after a moments consideration of this startling assertion.
CHAPTER XV.Lady Wyndover watched him in something like awed silence; the careless, light-hearted boy suddenly loomed before hera man; and a man of resources, a man to be relied upon.
Ada Lancing had been watching with sharp curiosity and suspicion. She broke in now with:
How proud and happy you must be to-night, dear, she said, lovingly. You have covered us all with glory; there has not been such a party at Belfayre since I can remember. But what made you wear that muslin frock to-night?