|Newspaper Title||The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)|
|Trove Title||Sworn to Avenge|
:'' ^HE NOVELIST
Sworn to Avenge. '
By a THew Author.
CHAPTER Yin.— (Continued.).
' ' I neither ? fccow nor care hovr ? that maybe. My heart', knows you, to be [rorthy of its faith, and simply gives t, asking no questions.' ' A -woman all though to the core of Tour being. Keep that nnf earing heart pure, and deaf' and blind to all logic
then life tan hold no harm' for your soul's peace.' ' Perhaps not for the soul's peace; 'but just now I cannot see that life is tnuchless that a -wilderness of dangers, Sntraced by any sure path; unlit by ' £ny guiding star.' ' The path is thgr^, nevertheless, and She star is over it, though Eometinies Veiled by vapous too dence to let its lay steal through.' '? Hqtt can either help the wanderer, if hidden the way, and obscured the .*ight?' 1 ' The winds -will . merely sweep the the vapours from the sky, meantime, and to the earnest seeker the way will .te.revealed ? But why speak to me in liddles? Can you not let me help you In the trouble that fills you vista with confusion ?' Ka-fberine shivered at the bare
l cncmgnt tnax true man uesiaas ner should catch even a glimpse . of the Jurors that edged her in. ^Sho&new not why it, should be so, fcut.ahe felt that she would rather die j|han,have Philip Lester aware of -all fehat had transpired, or even ; suspect . ;*he abhorrent passion which burned tor .herin-the black heart of Gilbert Ken sick. . ? .-, 'You cannot? Never mind, then, - 'IwiKhelpyou whether you confide in meornot,' said the doctor gently, and 1 his grasp tightened with a reassuring .;pressure-yound the slender,- quivering - [fingers -Ehat had grown cold and . biervous-in the angnish of Katherine,s ' ^letroopective thought. ; 1 ' Oh,.you will not, cannot think I am silent because I am afraid to give you 1 . \ay confidence,' Katherine cried in a low, suffering ? tone, as she raised her eyes to question his. : .'No,,no;Ido not for one moment ? jtbink that, nor anything that does in justice to your womanly soul. But if yorx could rid yourself of all hesitation, ,&n3*speak to we aa if I were as old, and !os:gi-ay, and as wise as any of the sages, .; ft-am_sure it would bo better for you, jhecausp with your nature repressive and v munb endurance is a terrible torment.
?jion nave intense neea.1 01 a qiuouiig jumd to lean on — of a calmer soul to Stand besides yours in thetempest-blow Jihafc will sweep by you; and I fancy lhatyou will not find any such among those who areyour natural supporters.' ' What do you know of my difficul ties'?' aaked Katherine, in a.ocared way, surprised by his clear understanding of her position, in point of personal feel ing. Tie-doctor smiled in his peculiar,' in scrutable fashion, and replied— ' Almost nothing ; but when one has ft good pair of eyes and a tolerably clear judgment, one must draw* inferences, at /east, from the characters and in cidents that surround one. And, perhaps, no calling in lifo gives a man a , better opportunity .to study mankind and learn wisdom by observation than ? ? that of a physician.' . m ' . ' Ah, if I could only mate a full con ^ fession to yon, my good friend. But ? ' 1 ' Well, no matter. Do not distress yourself on that score. You will apeak ?when you ; must — that . is t© say, when your need of expression becomes greater 1 ;than your imagined need of conceal ? Jjnent. Until then I can wait.' - . Eatherine felt a hot, scarlet wave jjweep over her at these words. She.f elfc as if ths bright, amber rays
Srighrfc through her soul, lightening up Its-secret chambers, and revealing its most hidden thoughts, Hew else could he have known that she felt an imper ative need of concealment that .out weighed every other feeling ? ' When I must! Then, you believe ihatlshall som« time be obliged to ?jfcell you all?' she asked, wonderingly I v ^nd.tinudly, as if half afraid of him, as ( ''?' sof a-being who might place her under ! Borne strong compulsion. » : 'rI know that yon will; but never : Sootso troubled about it: No one nor ;any circumstances will force you to do ' po.; but you will speak from ohe fulness .... i!of?your own heart, when it can hold up ? 5ts, pent-up tides no longer — when it ifcnmst have help /with its burden ;. &en, and not sooner, wSl you tell me' 'He- had risen now, and was drawing, ^a hisglovea to go. Eatherine watch-' |&' his' slow, deliberate movements-' $hey spelled and stilled her trenwiouB ':** ^hcee of brain and heart. ; Her eyes took in the 'elegance . and :8ymmetry of his tall stature, the proud Me of hia head, the elastic grace of' itodimba, the quite neatness of his un pretentious attire, the sunny purity of |iis delicate linen — all were minutely '- i^0*8^ ^ on^J a woman's scrutiny can ?um up details and,aU seemed in per fect baTmony with the man— pshychal -toan,.as her mental and moral precep iiona had measured him. ;. ' You must not sit here in this dim jjBss,and solitude. Your mind is too ^disturbed tofind any relief or distract .^ion in books, and your eye too familiar ,?? ?mth those surroundings to' find diversion in them for your thoughts. You must pout into the air and the sunshine. /I'dke. no nervines evenif they are pre p°^a for you, but exercise rapidly, smcFbe-oufc of doors as much as possible, Sio, matter how cold so if does not rain. - ; Wall .you do this besause I ask you to ?' Baid,the doctor, as he-bade her goodbye. Katherine fancied that she caught ?emphasis on the pronoun ' I,' and it made her pulse .quicken a little to think .lie was so solicitlous f or her welfare, and that he wished hei? to attach importance to his request. , ' .Of course-I will. But you are leav fag directions bb if I were never to see or hear from you again,' Bhe said laughingly. , ' To be continued. \ ? ..... . * —