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Oh, Dick! Dick! how could you be so mad." "Lisbeth !" I exclaimed, "do you mean to say that you think - " "I know!" she broke in, and turning away, hid her face in her hands. We were not so very far from the bend now, and seeing this, a sudden inspiration came upon me, by means of which I might prove her mind towards me once and for all; and as she kneeled before me with averted face, I leaned forward and took her hands in mine. "Lisbeth," I said, "supposing I did cut the boat adrift like a - a fool endangering your life for a mad, thoughtless whim - could you forgive me?" For a long moment she remained without answering, then very slowly she raised her head: "Oh. Dick!" was all she said, but in her eyes I read the wonder of wonders. "But, Lisbeth," I stammered, "could you still love me - even - even if, through my folly, the worst should happen and we - we - " "I don't think I shall be so very much afraid, Dick, if you will hold me close like this," she whispered. The voice of the weir had swelled into a roar by now, yet I paid little heed; for me all fear was swallowed up in a great wondering happiness. Dick," she whispered, "you will hold me tight, you w ill not let me go when - when - " "Never," I answered; "nothing could ever take you from me now." As I spoke I raised my eyes, and glancing about beheld something which altered the whole aspect of affairs - something which changed tragedy into comedy all in a moment - a boat was coming slowly round the bend. "Lisbeth, look up!" With a sigh she obeyed, her clasp tightening on mine, and a dreadful expectation in her eyes. Then all at once it was gone, her pale cheeks grew suddenly scarlet, and she slipped from my arms; and thereafter I noticed how very carefully her eyes avoided mine. The boat came slowly into view, impelled by one who rowed with exactly that amount of splashing which speaks the true-born Cockney. By dint of much exertion and more splashing, he presently ranged alongside 71

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