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鈥淎re you looking for Lady Wyndover, Blankyre?鈥 said a gentleman who stood near them. 鈥淚 will take Miss Chetwynde to her, if you will intrust her to me.鈥?
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Trafford arranged the blind for her so that she could look out without getting the glare of the sun in her eyes, and when, presently, she took off her hat, still gazing out of the window, he took it from her and carefully placed it upon the rack above. His attention was peculiar in its character, and was more marked than it would have been if he had loved her. It seemed to him that he would owe her so much, if she consented to be his wife, seeing that he could not give her what was her due鈥攈is heart. She appeared to forget her companions, and was quite absorbed in the scenery which they passed, every now and then uttering an exclamation of wonder and delight, as some object strange to her colonial experience caught her attention. Lady Wyndover and Trafford watched her as people watch a wayward but very precious child; and with Lady Wyndover鈥檚 affection was mingled no little respect for Esmeralda鈥檚 coming rank, for, notwithstanding Esmeralda鈥檚 repeated assertion, Lady Wyndover insisted upon regarding the engagement as an accomplished fact..
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鈥淢y God! how blind you have been!鈥 he said. 鈥淗ow blind you are! Esmeralda choose between me and you? Why鈥攚hy鈥 Oh, I can鈥檛 get it out fast enough! I don鈥檛 know where to begin. Why, man, she has loved you all the time! She loves you still. There was never a woman in the world loved a man as Esmeralda loves you鈥濃攂oth men stared at him; he was hot with eagerness and indignation鈥斺渁nd always has loved you. Why, any one could see it鈥攁nd they had only to look in her eyes when you came near her. The whole thing is a hideous mistake. Wait! You wait, and hear me, as I鈥檝e heard you鈥攁nd I鈥檝e had hard work not to burst in or howl aloud. What you said is true enough as far as a certain point. I did love Esmeralda. I own it; I鈥檓 proud of it! I did ask her to be my wife, but she refused; and quite right, for there was a better man鈥攜ou鈥攚aiting for her. I don鈥檛 know how you heard that I proposed to her.鈥
鈥淢iss Chetwynde,鈥 he said,鈥渨e have known each other a very little while; how many times is it that we have met?鈥
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21 August, 2019 - 13:08
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