|Newspaper Title||The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)|
|Trove Title||Sworn to Avenge|
Sworn to Avenge.
By a New Author.
CHAPTER VLT.— (Continued.) (To be continued.)
Better than she dared admit to her 'eelf.'ahe knew that Gilbert Kenrict ?would not have dared to conceive and announce that devilish plot against Her unless he had established himself in 8om6 almost impregnable position, and armed .himself with invincible evidence. ' Recallin.c:, as she now could, the many occasions in the past, when, with the 'i-fit^Tifi-trrt (ivQrciftn nf n. niirf* nfl.fclirfi for fti
vile one, nhe had avoided and repulsed thb bold admiration of her beauty ?which she had seen flash over her from the gaze of 'the old bachelor,' as Mr. Kenrick was jocularly termed by the girls of Westcombe. Katherine could not help but know what bitter resentment so gross and malignant a nature as his was capable of feeling, of manifesting again3t one xrhb had not only defeated his most powerful passions, but injured his self love i y contemptuous rejection of all his 'overtures, and although he had never uttered a sentence to her which could be construed into a declaration of lore, he had, nevertheless, been repeat edly repulsed by her too evident dislike for himself, and disgust for his atten tions.- ? ' Even should she make known what had transpired between'them, unwit nessed, who would receive such a state ment'as proof. of his malignant motives, or revengeful designs , against her ? Would it not rather seem a fabrication of, her own hatched up to invalidate his, evidence? -; ^Little as she knew of the probabilities involved, her intuition- told her how little, faith would be. given by public opinion to injurious statements made by, one accused of the highest legal and moral crime, against the honour of integrity of the ? man w h o would m ake it appear that he had imperilled his own reputation in the sight of the 2a w by endeiivouring to shield her. Plainly there was no refuge for her from the terrible arraignment that threatened her, unless she should yield herself to the alternative he proposed, and thus de finally enfolded in his pQWor. She was convinced, too, that ?his avarice had no small bhare in the prosecution of his scheme. Strong, indeed, must be the pressure that could make him loose his grip on the'ehance of becoming the master of Aahbourne as Trell as of its mistress. 'As she cast her thoughts wildly through the range of dark possibilities fTiat haAtrpd her in. slmddei'inc with a
dreary sense of her hopelessness and isolation, there seemed to come with 1 Troriderful vividness a vision of the Cftltn, noble face of Philip Lester as she had Been it last, bent over her all radiant with it3 glad smile —strong, re Bolute, self-contained, as if above and impervious to the ills and fears of ?wrealvPr mortals. Thp touch of his light, kind hand clasp screed tangibly Mt; the very * tones of the clear, bell-like voice seem ed in the air about her, uttcrine aarain
those words of promise to bo her friend, and serve and aid- hoi-* in the time to come. Little dreaming what spell was on her freah Bhd plastic' nature, or of the ? deep, sweet mewiings that were steal ing into her thoughts of thoproud-eyad stronger who was so cold and formal 4.o, others, so Sander and sympathetic to hoi,' Itathcrino ' made no question of where her heart might Lo drifting. -She was young-, ' and pure, .ind natural. She suffered, and needed coui f 6^ and consolation, and her soul went
out 10 seeK ior uyiopainy— - not to tne olfl and life-worn, but to one whose eyes h|d said to her, 'I, too, am young; I, t6ct, am lonely ; nature and sorrow make najkldn;' ' In all the world there was no face ?belonged so much to see as' the clear, true, manly face of Philip Lester. ', ;As if the higher will, the mightier nature had flung its shadow before it to command the attention of her weaker l-eing by calling into life these wiBhful thoughts of her absent friend, Kathe iine's reverie was broken by, the sound of approaching steps along the hall— steps that already she had ? learned to know — and Dr. Le3ter was admitted to her presence.