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Chapter NumberXXVI
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Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31365893
Full Date1898-06-29
Page Number4
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Word Count638
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Newspaper TitleQueanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)
Trove TitleLove's Conquest
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CdAPTER XXV r. Doctor Wells had been summoned to the sick-room"; and, sitting for hous by himself, as the night wore away, Sir Patrick had ample time for reflection. Ib was long past midnight when Denys came down ; but he found his father still Isitting in the library, which looked cheerful in the light of the lamps and a blazing fire which had been made up as the'nighb became colder. 'Well, Denys,' Sir Patrick asked, with a note'of strained anxiety in his voice-' how. is she now 7' 'She has fallen into a doze; and the Doctor a sys that is. a g od sign so far -as it goes; but be has very little hope-' ' Denys stopped short, unabl: to finish his sentence. Until now, he had from necessity retained command over himself; bur, now the need of self-control waslno longer so pressing, he suddenly gave way, and sinking into the nearest chair, broke down co:n pleta-ly Sir Patrick was distressed and frightened. Never since Denys' early boyhood h ld he seen the lad shed a tear; and those he was shedding were like scdlding drops which could bring no relief. ' My boy-mny dear boy-don't give way like this !' Sir Patrick said, with a choking sensation in his own throat ; awl le wa constrained to express some words of hope and comfort in spite of himself. He did not believe that there was any hope, and he felt that all he could say was sadly inadequate. Bit Denys made a great efort to restrain his grief, and presently he look,.d up. 'Tell me how it all happened,' he a iI, in a strained voice. ' What caused the accident -how did you get mixed up in it-and how was it that she was brought here 7' Sir Eatrick told him the story briefly, mentioned how they had chanced to travel togelher, and how he hid rescued Lady Adela fr tm the imprt unity of her disagree able vis-a-vie. Denys listened in silence, but he looked up gratefully more than once. ; and, when he had heard all, he took his father's hand and grasped it with a grip that expressed the strength of his feelings. ' Father, you have been good to my darling,' he said brokenly, ' and I sh all be thankful to you for it while I live ! Though you did not know who she was, you were kind to her. And I ant thankful for that chance meeting, for otherwise you would have misunderstood her to the end, and I could never have for giv-n it. Now you have seen her, and you have a sne idea what she is though you can never know what she is to me.' Sir Patrick was silent, his heart harden ing a little as he realised how far he was from looking upon the occurrence from Denys' point of view, but Captain Eamonde, un cmnscious of this, went on talking ahont Adela. He found some relief in opening his heart to his father ; and now for the first time Sir Patrick he ard the full history of his son's passionate and rimantic love story. In the fac- of his stern disapproval and unconquerable prejudice it had been im possible to tell him the facts before in such a way as to enlist his sytnpathies; but now he wes compelled to listen. He had been adamant b. fote; hut now the girl he dis. approved of was dying thera was rothing to he feared from her. It was all over, and he could afford to soften a little. He listened attentively to Dmnys' story, and he even felt. real sympathy and indignation in those parts that made him realise the persecution to which Adela had been subjected. [TO BE CONTINUED]