Oh, Laurence, you won't take his money?" she ejaculated, a ring of sharp pain in her voice. "Not his money!" "I won't take advantage of him, Madge. I swear it. Something has happened. I am a different man, and my whole life will be changed." His tone and manner gave her more hope than even his words. "I am going to set to work in earnest; and he will be repaid for all he means to do."
In youth, health, and sleep Madge found the best restoratives, and the morning saw her little the worse for the experiences of the previous day. The hours passed quickly in preparations for departure and in a call on Mr. and Mrs. Wendall, who gave evidence that they were becoming more resigned. "I am at work again," said the farmer, "and so is Nancy.
"I never dreamed she looked at things in the light she did, but I feel guilty anyhow, responsible. She must have the best of care, Madge, best physicians, best nurses, everything. I must meet all expenses, even to the ones which will be necessary if she should die." He brought out the last words fearfully. Little drops of moisture stood on his forehead.
"Of course, we shall get out of it all right, Helen; but did you ever suppose so much snow could fall at one time?" "Never!" "And no sign of it holding up at all," said Madge, who had overheard. "Sh! Belle and Lluella have curled up here and gone to sleep," said Helen. "Lucky Infants," observed Madge. "I'm going to sleep, too," said Heavy, with a yawn. "There is no danger now.
Marmaduke, after a sound sleep, which was little flattering to Sibyll's attractions, had descended to the hall in search of the maiden and his host, and finding no one, had sauntered in extreme weariness and impatience into the little withdrawing-closet, where as it was now dusk, burned a single candle in a melancholy and rustic sconce; standing by the door that opened on the garden, he amused himself with watching the peacock, when his friend, following Madge into the chamber, tapped him on the shoulder.
When we came up to the five, I called to them that I had agreed to surrender the letters. While I was saying it, Miss Cullen joined them, and it was curious to see how respectfully the cowboys took off their hats and fell back. "You are quite right," Mr. Cullen called. "Give them the letters at once." "Oh, do, Mr. Gordon," said Madge, still white and breathless with emotion. "The money is nothing.
It will be a blow for Madge, but she will forget him presently, and then I will commence to play my cards. I won't fail I'm determined to make her my wife. Shall I let Foster into the scheme? I think not. Better let things take their course, and keep him in ignorance of the fact that I had a hand in the revelation, if it comes off. I'm afraid it won't, though."
"A ship is as well known here if she belongs to this part of the coast as a house is known in the Midlands. Well, if she's doomed, Madge and it ain't only Madge neither will see her days before she comes to her end. This Firefly, for example, belonged to Polwheel, and had been away for weeks." "But still she was expected home?" interrogated Richard.
Lieutenant Lawton blushed. It occurred to Madge that she and Phyllis knew little of the young officer's real character. Suppose, after all, he did not intend to present his discovery to his Government? Were she and Phil to be used as dupes? A long, searching look into the young man's earnest face seemed to reassure her. "When do you wish to give Phil the box, Mr. Lawton?" she said slowly.
I watched the pair walk up the terrace. They descended the steps to the garden, and from thence they entered the Hall by way of the porch. "Was it not very wicked in Dorothy to listen to such words from Leicester?" asked Madge. "I do not at all understand her." Madge, of course, knew only a part of what had happened, and a very small part at that, for she had not seen Dorothy.