|Newspaper Title||Bowral Free Press and Berrima District Intelligencer (NSW : 1884 - 1901)|
|Trove Title||The Christmas Fairy|
THE CHRISTMAS EAIHY
That was soon fput into fluent idiomatic English with perfect facility; find the game procoss was gone , through in man} other parts of the book. . Leigh Falconer could have gone on^ translating all night with Bertie by his aide.
' Thanks, so much 1' she sniil,'presently ; and glancing at the clock : 1 Would there be time for a littlo of' Hernani, unless you are in a hurry ?'
' No, my. child. I am going to'stay to tea . —if.you wiU'hnve me.?' _:
' Of courso.. wo willreturned Bertie
promptly. And springing to her feet,-, bIig ran across to a book-ease .for her i
play. , j
A knock at the door, aiul Mary Anne put
her head in.— .
' Please, Miss Nellie, would you step this way a minute or two ?'
Nellie rose and quitted tho room.
Bertio came back wiljh 1 riernani, and re sumed her old poiition. i
'I wont ask you to do much—-only a, little !' she said. . • ? ? , .
' I shall never tire, Fairy Q.uoen, so, long as you don't.'
' She looked at him -.vi^tfully, and h.o turned —meeting her violet eyes full.
•Don't you believQ me,. Bertie?' ho.
' Yes, sir.' .
Lord Falconer passed his arm vcmml the girl's slight frame' and drew her closer to.
. He was wrong to yield—even so. far as this nnd his conscienco smoto him for doing so ; but ho said to himself that Bertie was a child, and she did not start or change oolour; but she was used to- things that a girl differently brought up would regard as familiarities, aud 6he evidently loolccd upon
Lord Falconer as a friend whom she had no cause whatsoever to fear, and who, was en titled to treat lier as an elder brother might have done. .
'•N.ow"1 Hernani,'' she said:, a.nd lis tened attentively while he read the first Bcene through to her. Then came the second—the., interview between, Hernani and Dona Soland Lord Falconer trans
lated Hernani1 s opening speech—
' Dona Sol t Ah, it is thou whom. I see at last; and that voice which speaks is thy voice. Why has fate put up my life so far apart from .thine ?• I have . so much need of thee to forget othors.1 ;
He gave' the 'words slowly—it was an effort to-do so collectedly: and when he had' finished he paused,^holding hia breatli
for a moment.
' Why has fate put my life so., far apart from thine?- I have so much need of
These words scorned' to come home to.him, with a. schoclc.
Child or woman,, Bertie Evelyn was inef fably dear to.-him ;? yet were their lives.so far apart. She rested against him; his arm. encircled her; her soft cheelc almost touched his—ant! yet she was not his—she
never could bo his.
He strove fiercely with the mad' impulse
to fold, the girl to his. brea.st-*to. feel,, if but' for a moment, her-heart, throb* against his
to press. onp kiss on tlie> innocent lips so, . near- ljis o.w.u ;• and. he. strove,, tliis time- tit
Jeast, not in vain. _ i; j
And: Bertie ?• did' she feel; a new- emotion
'thrill through her ?? or was she wholly un conssious? Partly unconcious at any rate,she must have been. What touch was it that made the chords of her heart vibrate-to, such sjreet harmony?: for she neither trembled, nor shrank from the clasp that lield her; hut waited for the next line—re peating Hernani's lines over to herself;
It was scarcely a minute before Lord Fal coner took up the text again ; but as he did bo he released Bertie—he would not trnst himself.
? Presently Nellio came back, and with her Mrs. Evelyn, and ' Hernani' was put aside to a more convenient season.
: At tea, Lord Falconer said he was goiug to the pantonine that night to escort a Country cousin ; and Airs. Lvclyn rallied;
him, and Bertie too laughed, but sho fliil not join in the chaff; it would have bccu dia rospcctfnl in her, she thought.
x And Loigli Fdlconcr, man-like, was voxed that tho.??girl did not seom-t'o carc whothor this " country cousin" was moro to him than oou.sinship omot. Even while ho was saying to himself that ho must tear himself away while it, was safo for his honor, ivnd perohanco - her peace/ ho was wounded be cause her pence scorned iu 110 way disturbed by even a tinge of jealousy.
' I shall be in the stalls to-nighfclie said to her, when he was bidding good byo, ' and' I shall'expect to seo uiy flowers.'
•1 Von will see them,' sho said, with her sunuy sniilo. 'Why; I promised.'? j
They wore standing apart—the othci;3 were talking. He" bont down to the girl— his hand pressing hers moro closely. .
' Only becnuso you promised ?' ho said in a very, low lone.
Bertie started; ami a light coloiir fitted
across her cheek. • ;
' No,' sho said, with a fleeting, upward
look ; ' because I like to.'
Then lie was gono; and Bertio felt happy —very happy.
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