|Newspaper Title||Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 - 1915)|
|Trove Title||Sybil's Error. Or, How Sybil nearly Spoilt Ina's Christmas|
'ir CHAPTER II..
: *' There' is nothing half so. sweet in .lifey .??i As love's young dream." M,, i-;';-. . "
During the following days Ina lived as'bne in a dream ; never before had she felt so happy. Indeed, her happi- ness half frightened her. ? Not a day had passed without seeing Gerald over" at Melford. The ' girls ' would haye missed him very much if he did not'come. He would stroll in the woods with them, and help them to gather ferns and wild flowers, ride with them, take them out boating, read to them ; " in fact, do anything they ' wished; 11 Hé- had quite taken Arthur's": place/ ' with them, who, though always ; amusing and kind, would 'never:"-éxért''hirhsèlf to giv© them pleasure' like Gerald. But although' they j all appeared tb' be enjoying themselves, there were two who were far from being happy, and these' two were Sybil t and. Arthurl Before Gerald had comb, Arthur had always thought of Ina as being his' own property ; he had never pictured her belonging to ' .anyone else, br having any other lover, but himself., He had asked her five pr six times tb' marry him, and had been told on each occasion 'that; . although ' she liked him as well as anyone else she, knew-, she had rio'intbntiori bf marry- ing. 'But ho had.felt; perfectly con- vinced that wheh Ina grew older, she would accept him. Until ribw
and now Arthur knew what Ina did not know herself; She had never
thought bf analysing her 'feelings towards Gerald, for had she done so,' she must have'come tb'the' conclu- sion'that she loved him ; and this is what: caused Arthur sb much un- happiness,, and, now,-'for the 'first time,' he realised what life| for him would, be withöütTna,-' the 'girl whom ho had always hoped to make his .wife. . . ...... . ''-?'.'?.*'"*'' J"','?
And ' Sybil-proud . stately Sybil's heart .was touched at the last; she loved Gerald passionately, and it caused her no little jealousy to think
that Gerald liad resisted her. charms and loved Ina. But fate is some- times kind to the wicked, though in the end the tables are invariably turned against thom, and' it gave to her, ? so. madly jealous, ?? a . chance which, unluckily for herself, she made the best possible opportunity of making mischief .out of. ,
. " Only .two more weeks, more for Christmas," said Ina to herself, pne afternoon, " and I do.,believe ,it , will be the happiest Christmas I have ever spent. ' v :i r¡r ? M- ,-.::
'What !.. dreaming/: Ina ?" " ¡said someone, and. on turning: round she saw Sybil standing in the doorway. '
"What were you: thinking of,'' she asked,- as she sat< down ? beside her cousin.'. ?? ;??'.?*?>?? ?? - '" "
i " Oh, ? I don't know, Christmas in general," returned Ina. " The Grays, Mr. Howard and- Lionel are coming to spend the day with us so"-Ina stopped as she heard the sound of footsteps - coming in -their direc- tion, and men's voices, Gerald's and Arthur's. - .
: "I liked her well enough at first," Gerald was saying, " and thought of her only as a friend or sister, till her father spoke to ' me, and: told me I had his daughter's love, and it would break her heart if I left her." (Ina remembered her father asking her if she was not beginning to think too much of ? Gerald, but she ran ¡away,
leaving the - question . unanswered).' " I suppose," Gerald continued, i " my saving her life was . what made her love mo. Anyhow, I might have to marry her; and ba tied to her all,my lifo, when I love another. The only way out of the difficulty, as far as I can see, is to-". - ? - ; .?, .,.:- ..
Here the speaker, was out of hear- ing, and Ina fell almost fainting, into Sybil's arms.':'.'.-.:: . ?.. <,:;. - ..!.>: .
"Poor dear ¡ 'poor little 'Ina !"'she said, bending over and1 lifting her into a seat. But sympathy was more than Ina could bear just then.
"Never mention his hame to me again, Sybil, as long ns you live ! I'll never forgive papa, never !" She turned and tottered more than walked across the lawn, through the house, aud np to her room, whero once by herself she threw herself face downwards on the bed, and sobbed as though her heart would' break. And so Sybil found her two
hours later, when she took her a cup
" He knows you heard him, Ina," said Sybil ; "he is going away to- night, but he begs you will forgive him. Will you write, dear, or will
I tell him?"
" You tell him, please," answered
But if she had seen the look in Sybil's eyes then, she would have changed her mind.
" Tell him I forgive him, but never let me see his face again."
" And Ina, dear," said Sybil, " there is someone else, one who loves you ; it is Arthur. He begged me to ask you to give him an answer to what
he has so often asked before. Ho
will teach you to forget Gerald, if your answer is yes.''
" That's enough," cried Ina, spring- ing to her feet, her cheeks aflame;
"tell him never to speak to me of that again ! I will never marry him,
never marry anyone. Could ne not leave me m peace to-night ? Go Sybil !" she said, pointing to the door. " Go ! and never speak to me again of either Gerald or Arthur !"