The strong yellow rays of the lantern dazzled before them and prevented them from seeing anything of its bearer, though the moonlight beams were still unclouded. "Mother!" Richard cried irascibly, and levelled the torch on her like a revolver. Its brightness showed the dewy roundness, towsled with perplexity, of a doe-eyed girl of Ellen's age. "Ach!" said Richard, shouting with rage. "Who are you?
My old host and hostess were also the same, a shade older in appearance, perhaps, but with hearts as warm and hospitalities as lavish as before. Only "La Gringita" had changed from the doe-eyed child of easy confidences into a quiet and somewhat distant girl, full in figure, and with a glance which sometimes betrayed the glow of latent, but as yet unconscious passion.
And the lads, too, are fickle; some of them have apparently forgotten amongst the more showy, more lively beauties of garrison towns, the doe-eyed girl to whom they had promised faith. They are ready, as soon as they come back, for new courtships, fresh love-making, another girl with blue eyes this time, and fair hair instead of brown. Then, of course, there are those who never will come back.