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your affairs but Smailey, so we put the two jobs rights, easements and appurtenances, and all the together, and I'm doing 'em both.

estate and rights of the said Richard Goldacre in Mrs. V. B. But how is it that a gentleman in and to the same, unto and to the use of the said your profession

Catherine Ellen, wife of Richard Van Brugh, Esq., Fitz. A gentleman! Mrs. Van Brugh, for rea- a Captain in the Royal Navy, her heirs and assigns sons that will go down with me to the tomb, I am forever.” (MRS. VAN BRUGH falls senseless into humbly and hopelessly anxious to stand high in a chair, her daughter bending over her. your good opinion. Appreciate my disinterestedness, when I voluntarily tell you that which will blight me in your estimation forever. You think

ACT III. I'm an eminent solicitor. I ain't. I'm the insig- SCENE.—Morning Room in SMAILEY'S House. piticant minion of a private inquiry office.

Door at back, giving on to a pretty garden. Mrs. V. B. But you were introduced to me as a solicitor.

FREDERICK discovered sealing a letter. Fitz. It is a tantalizing feature of my contempt- Fred. “Your eternally attached Frederick.” If ible calling, that I am continually being intro- there was any flaw in Mrs. Van Brugh's marriage, duced as somebody I should particularly like to as my father seems to suspect-and his suspicions be. In the course of the last twelve months, I've are corroborated by her astonishing behavior on been a Spanish hidalgo, a colonel of hussars, an his reading her godfather's will—then Mrs. Van Ashantee nobleman, and a bishop of the Greek Brugh is penniless, and Eve is penniless too. Church. What was the date of your marriage ? Poor little lady. I'm afraid I shall have to cry off. Mrs. V. B. [with hesitation.] Some time in Feb- I'm sorry for the poor child, because I'm sure she

is fond of me. I'm sorry for myself, because I'm Fitz, Day?

sure I'm fond of her. But when a man proposes Mrs. V. B. The-the 30th.

to marry, he must not allow himself to be misled Fitz. The 30th? Try again. Never more than by bis affections. As far as Eve is concerned, I see twenty-nine days in February-seldom that. no difficulty. She is a tender-hearted and sensiMrs. V. B. I forget the exact date.

tive little thing, heaven bless her, and can be Fitz. Where were you married, and by whom? easily shaken off. But my poor old father; how

Mrs. V. B. By-by- [After some hesitation.) indignant he will be if I dare to suggest what he Sir, by your own admission you are a mere spy would consider a dishonorable course! Why, if How am I to know that you are not asking these he thought me capable of breaking a solemn enquestions with a view to using them against me? gagement for a mercenary motive, be'd disown

Fitz. (much hurt.] Ma'am, may you never me! No, I must rest my excuse on a surer ground. know the depth of the wound you have inflicted. I must touch his sense of family pride. I must reIt will canker, ma'am, but don't be alarmed, it mind him of the blight that would fall on our race, shall not inconvenience you, for I will remove it if I intermarried with a tainted family. A really from your sight. When we meet again, you will good man does a deal of harm in the world. One find me in the assumed character of a person who has to stoop to so much dirty dissimulation before has not had his best feelings harrowed up for a one can meet him on equal terms. considerable time. It will be a difficult assump

Enter MR. SMAILEY. tion, ma'am, but I will do my best to sustain the

2 fiction.

(Exit. Fred. Father, I want to speak seriouslyMrs. V. B. At last! at last my punishment is at Mr. S. Eh? hand. And Eve-great heavens! what will be- Fred. I beg your pardon. come of her ? Eve—who loves and honors me- Mr. S. I was about to say that I want to speak Eve, my child! I mustn't think of that. It will to you on a most serious and important matter. madden me. I shall want all my head for what is Fred. Dear me, that's very odd! Do you know, to come! If news of this—marriage of mine I was about to say the very same thing? Í [with a bitter laugh) had reached my godfather, am most anxious to speak to you on a most serious he would have described me in his will as Captain and most important matter. Excuse me for one Van Brugh's wife, and then I am lost, and Eve is moment, while I give this note to Robins. lost. On, why don't that man come? This suspense Mr. S. Whom are you writing to? is terrible. At last! He's here !

Fred. To my darling, of course! [Erit. Enter Eve and FREDERICK, with Dr. ATHELNEY. Mr. S. To his darling! Poor lad! He's a noble

Eve. Mr. Smailey has returned with the will. fellow! No mercenary thought in connection with Frederick has been explaining to me the difference the girl has ever entered his head! But he must between freehold and leasehold, and you don't never marry her. Everything points to the fact know how anxious I am to know which it is. that Mrs. Van Brugh's marriage was illegal, and Fred. Eve, Eve, this is very mercenary. if so her daughter is portionless. Thank heaven ! Enter SMAILEY.

his sense of moral rectitude is so bigh, that when Mr. S. Mrs. Van Brugh, I am most happy to he knows that her mother's conduct is open to tell you that it is everything that could be wished. suspicion, he may feel bound to dissociate himself My dear Mrs. Van Brugh, the Buckinghamshire from her. Ah, it is a pleasant and a goodly thing farm is freehold. Here is the clause which refers when a parent finds that the strict principles he to it : (Reads very deliberately.) After giving you has instilled into his offspring are bearing golden Westland Park, the Blackfriars estate, and the fruit on which they both may feed ! two reversions, the testator goes on to say, “And

Enter FREDERICK. I further will and bequeath all that messuage Mr. S. [aside.) | How shall I break it to him? known as Goldacre Farm, together with all out- Fred. [àside.]] How shall I begin [Aloud.] houses, ways, watercourses, trees, commonable Now I'm at your disposal.


Mr. S. Frederick, my dear lad, this life of ours Mr. S. Would it be just—would it be moral to is made up of hopes frustrated, and cherished do this ? schemes brought to nothing.

Fred. No, no; I see it now. Fred. Very true. A man who places himself Mr. S. Show yourself to be a man of moral under the sweet dominion of his conscience, must courage. As for what the world will say, do the not count on the fulfillment of even his most inno- right thing, my boy, and let them say what they cent intentions.

please. Mr. S. Unforeseen circumstances occasionally Fred. (after a pause.) Father, you are right. arise that render it almost criminal to carry out As a moral man I have no alternative but to coman otherwise laudable purpose.

ply with your wish. At any cost it must be done Fred. For instance: a discovery that a con- --at any cost it shall be done! templated act would, if carried out, bring dis- Mr. S. That's right, my dear, dear boy; and honor on a long line of ancestors.

you shall find that you have lost little by your Mr. S. Or give an implied sanction to a dis- determination. And now that that's settled, let creditable, if not an immoral relationship. Events us enter into your affairs. What was it that you might occur which would justify him in breaking wanted to speak to me so seriously about iust the most solemn pledge.

now? Fred. Justify him! I can conceive a state of Fred. I! Oh, dear, no! things under which he would be morally bound to Mr. S. But surely you saidcast his most solemn obligations to the wind. Fred. Oh, to be sure! I- Oh, it's not of the Mr. S. My dear boy!

least consequence. Fred. My dear father! [They shake hands. Mr. S. Something about poor little Eve, wasn't it?

Mr. S. Now, Fred, this is what I was coming Fred. Yes; about poor little Eve. How little to, my boy. We are the last descendants of a do we know what five minutes may bring forth ! very noble family."

I was actually going to consult you about fixing a Fred. So I have often heard you say. And that day for our wedding. [Wiping his eyes. reminds me to mention a matter upon which I Mr. S. My poor boy, you have behaved nobly. have long desired to talk to you

You are a true Smailey. Mr. S. interrupting.] I am free to admit that Fred. (taking his hand.] I hope it is not preI am proud of my ancestry.

sumptuous in me, but I sometimes think I am. Fred. My dear father, the safe-keeping of their Mr. S. I have wounded you deeply. Let me honor is my dearest aim. And talking of my an- compensate you by telling you a more pleasant cestors' honor reminds me

piece of news. I have discovered Fitz PartingMr. S. [interrupting.) If Caius Smaileius heard ton's clue. that one of his race was about to marry, for in- Fred. Indeed! I am rejoiced to hear it. stance, into a tainted family, I believe the doughty Mr. S. Yes. Mrs. Van Brugh told me on Tuesold Roman would turn in his tumulus !

day that she had never actually seen her godFred. What you say about a tainted family is father's will. So I felt it to be my duty to make so true, that I venture

an excuse for reading aloud that part of the will Mr. S. My dear Fred, it's no use beating about in which she is particularly described. I did so, the bush. The girl you are engaged to—as good and she fainted. Now, my dear Fred, what does a girl as ever lived—is (there is no use in disguis- this point to? ing it) a member of a tainted family. [FREDER- Fred. I should say bigamy. ICK turns from SMAILEY.] It is therefore my Mr. S. You would say bigamy, and so should I. duty to urge upon you, as the last of our line, the I suggested this to Fitz Partington, and he seemed propriety, the necessity, of releasing Eve from her amazed at my penetration. We laid our heads engagement. (FREDERICK appears hurt and in- together, and, at his suggestion, I drew up this dignant.] I know I am asking much, very much, advertisement. [Hands MS. advertisement, which of you. Í know how tenderly you love the girl; he has taken from table drawer. but a flaw, my dear Fred, and you a Smailey! My Fred. [reads.] “Fifty pounds reward! This boy, it is impossible.

sum will be paid for a true copy of the burial cerFred. (in affected indignation.] Am I to under- tificate of the first wife of the late Captain Van stand that you require me to surrender my dar- Brugh, R.N. She is known to have died at Melling Eve! Never! With all possible respect for bourne within the last eight years." Are you sure your authority-never!

Fitz Partington is acting straightforwardly with Mr. S. But, Fred, remember, my boy, remem- you? ber, her mother has committed a faux pas of some Mr. S. Why should he do otherwise ? kind.

Fred. Fifty pounds is a large sum. Fred. It would certainly seem so; but I have Mr. S. A large sum ? If I can only establish given my word, and it is my duty to keep it. the fact that the first Mrs. Van Brugh died with

Mr. S. What is duty to the living compared in the last eight years, every penny of this sowith duty to the dead? Think what your ances- called Mrs. Van Brugh's income-eight thousand tors have done for you. And are we to neglect our pounds a year, at least-reverts to me. duty to them, because they can do no more for Fred. Then, dear meus? Oh, shame! shame!

Mr. S. Eh? Fred. (with apparent reluctance.] There is much Fred. Poor Eve will lose her settlement ! truth in what you say, still

Mr. S. True; quite true. Dear me, I never Mr. S. To marry into such a family as hers, thought of that. Poor Eve! now that we know the truth, would be, as it were, Fred. Poor, poor Eve! to countenance her guilt.

Enter RUTH. Fred. I cannot deny it. Nevertheless, I-. Ruth. I've brought this note from my lady.


Mr. S. Oh! There may be an answer. Stay. man who has committed heaven knows what Ruth. (quietly.] Yes; i'll stay.

offense against morality. If this crime were to be Mr. S. [reads note.) Oh! Mrs. Van Brugh proved against me, what on earth would become writes to say that she wishes to see me this after- of me? For years I have endeavored to atone for noon-alone.

[Sits down to write. my sin against society, by treating wrong-doers Fred. Alone! Oh, then-then perhaps I'd bet- brought before me with the strictest and most unter withdraw.

[With affected emotion. flinching severity. Would society be grateful for Ruth. Aye, perhaps you better had. [She fol- this-would it even take heed of it? No; my lows him with her eyes as he goes to the door. He atonement would go for nothing—absolutely nothseems uneasy. Then exit.

ing. Ah! this is a merciless world, and one in Mr. S. There is the answer. [Finishing note. which penitence is taken no account of. But have Ruth. Smailey, wot's wrong about my lady? a care, Mrs. Van Brugh, I'll bide my time. You Mr. S. Wrong?

shall yet see that a sin against morality is not to Ruth. Aye, there's ruin comin' to her, and she be wiped out by a few years of sentimental selfknows it. She's been queer-like these two days. denial! I've come upon her cryin' odd times, and she's as

Enter Eve and FREDERICK. white as death. Wot is it, Smailey ?

Fred. Father, I met Mrs. Van Brugh and my Mr. S. Probably a headache. I'm not a doctor. darling on their way here, so I turned back with

Ruth. I am. It's no headache—it's heart-ache. them. It's ruin.

Mr. S. My dear Eve.

[Kisses her. Mr. S. It is ruin-to her wealth and her good


Mrs. Van Brugh, I am very pleased to see you. Ruth. Her good name? Why, you're never goin' | Pray sit down. You look pale; I am afraid you to meddle with that?

are tired. Mr. S. You are deceived in your mistress. Mrs. V. B. No, I have not been very well lately. [Rises.] I will tell you what she has been

Eve. Mamma wished to come alone, as sh Ruth. Stop! I won't hear it, Smailey, I won't wants to speak to you on business, but I wouldn't hear it. Let by-gones go by–no odds wot she hear of that, as she is really very far from well, has been; think wot she is; think wot you've so I've brougbt her to you, Mr. Smailey, and been. As I've dealt fair wi' you, deal you fair wi' now I'm going to take a turn' in the garden with her. Take wot's yourn, but don't take no more. Fred. Dr. Athelney is waiting for us in the arbor.

Mr. S. My rights and her good name are bound Fred. If the arbor were a consecrated arbor, up together-I cannot claim the one without de- and I had a license in my pocket, we might také stroying the other. I only want what the law will a turn-in the garden—that would surprise our give me, if I commence proceedings.

dear friends. Ruth. [changing her tone.) If you commence Eve. What, without a wedding dress and bridesproceedings, wot the law will give you is four- maids, and bouquets and presents, and a breakteen year, take my word for it. I've spoke fair, fast? My dear Fred, it wouldn't be legal! and no good's come of it, so I'll speak foul. Look [Exeunt Eve and FREDERICK into the garden. here, Smailey, you've put a plot afoot to ruin my Mrs. V. B. (after a pause.) Mr. Smailey, I lady. Now my lady's got a dog, Smailey, and come to you in great distress. On Tuesday last that dog won't stand no plots. Do you hear that, a circumstance occurred, no matter what it was, Smailey? Stir hand or foot to harm that pure and that induced me to believe that there was a flaw spotless creature, and sure as my lady's dog has a La vital flaw-in my title to all I possess. Mr. set of fangs, she'll fix then in your throat. Smailey, I haven't a shilling in the world!

Mr. S. This is hard. This is very hard. Even Mr. S. A shilling! My very dear lady, you Mrs. Van Brugh would herself at once admit the haven't a penny. justice of my claim.

Mrs. V. B. What! Do you know this ? Ruth. Well, wait till she does.

Mr. S. Mrs. Van Brugh, I will be candid with Mr. S. [after a pause.] There is a good deal of you. The Smaileys are a very, very old and very sound common sense in what you say, Tredgett. famous family. No suspicion of a bar sinister has Still, if-if Mrs. Van Brugh should at any time ever shadowed their escutcheon. My son is bemake a statement of her own free will, you will trothed to your daughter, and I have reason to surely allow me to profit by it?

believe that you are not entitled to the name you Ruth. Whatever my lady does of her own free bear. Therefore, in his interests, and in those of will is angels' doin', and is right accordin'. his slumbering ancestors, I have taken steps to

Mr. S. (aside.] Then I think I see my way. ascertain the truth. [Aloud.] Well, Ruth, on that understanding you Mrs. V. B. [much agitated.] What do you hope ħave my promise.

to prove ? Ruth. Promise! Your promise? Smailey, don't Mr. S. That when you went through the form you meddle with things you don't understand. of marriage with the late Captain Van Brugh, you Promises are ticklish goods in your hands. knew that his first wife was still alive. They're temptin' things to break, and you was Mrs. V. B. [wildly.] No, no, no! Mr. Smailey, always easy tempted. No, no; don't you promise. it is bad enough, but not so bad as that. Oh, Mr. I'U promise this time, Smailey. I'll promise. Smailey, dismiss that fearful thought from your

[Exit RUTH.

mind, and I will tell you the truth I came here to Mr. S. A sin, an early sin—a sin committed tell. It's a bitter, bitter truth, but not so bad as twenty years ago—brought up against me, now you would make it out to be. that I am an honest man and a regular church- Mr. S. (sternly.] What is the truth? goer! I am absolutely bound hand and foot by it Mrs. V. B. 1-1-when I met Captain Van -and to what end? For the protection of a wo- Brugh-I was very young, and my mother was dead-and-- [Bursts into tears and sobs wildly, own free will, to surrender into your hands my laying her head on the table.

wealth, and with it my good name! Mr. S. What is the truth?

Mr. S. I feel it to be my duty to remind you that Mrs. V. B. Oh, man, man, can't you read it in you have as little right to the one as to the other. these tears? Is there not shame enough in my Mrs. V. B. What shall I do? What shall I do? face, that you want it in shameful words. Read If I refuse to publish my sin, this man will make what you see before you, and as you are a man it known to the whole world. with a heart, keep my secret; ob, keep my un- Mr. S. No; there you wrong me. That would happy secret!

be an upmanly act indeed, Miss Brandreth. Mr. S. What! am I to understand that you Mrs. V. B. Miss Brandreth ! never even went through the form of marriage Mr. S. That, I presume, is your name. Pardon with Captain Van Brugh ?

me, but now that I know the truth, I could not Mrs. V. B. (under her breath.] Never!

conscientiously call you Mrs. Van Brugh. It would Mr. S. (after a pause.] I decline to believe you. be a lie. For the future I shall call you Miss I had hoped that it was barely possible you were Brandreth, but—I shall systematically withhold the unconscious dupe of a reckless scamp. I now my reasons for so doing. believe that you were well aware of the crime you Mrs. V. B. Mr. Smailey, think what you are were committing, and you take this step to avoid compelling me to do. I have sinned, and for many its legal consequences.

years I have unceasingly endeavored to atone for Mrs. V. B. (with forced calmness.] Mr. Smailey, that sin. Blessed with an ample fortune, I have I have, perhaps, no right to be indignant at this devoted four-fifths of it to the rescue of 'the uninsult; but you are mistaken-utterly mistaken. happiest among unbappy women. In my search Have you no pity, no sympathy? See, everything for them I have waded, year after year, through I possess is legally yours ; I leave your presence the foulest depths of misery and disgrace, with penniless. Commence an action against me, and I ears and eyes outraged at every turn. In the face will quietly yield up everything before the case of galling rebuke and insult unspeakable, in the comes into court; but, if you love your son, spare face of cold ridicule and insolent misconstruction, me the shame, the intolerable shame, of a public I have held on to the task I set myself, and exposure!

through the mercy of heaven—the infinite mercy Mr. $. I will spare you nothing ; neither will I of heaven-I have succeeded. I have nc desire take the step you suggest, nor any other step to to speak of these things, and to no other man dispossess you. In this matter I am passive; I would I utter them. But you talk to me of atoneleave you to act as conscience may prompt you. ment; and have I not atoned ! Oh! have I not But understand that I will be a party to no con- atoned ? cealment, no subterfuge. On these terms, and on Mr. S. See how the deeds and words of these no other, will I consent to take this property. last years show in the fierce light you have just

Mrs. V. B. [wildly.) What am I to do ! I can- thrown upon them. You have lost no oppornot keep it, and I have no one to advise me. tunity of rebuking my hardness of heart, because

Mr. §. I will advise you. You have sinned, and I cannot pardon an act of immorality. See from must make atonement. There are witnesses at what a foul and muddy source your own forgivehand, let them hear the truth; whatever the truth ness springs. You have taunted me with my severmay be, let them hear it.

ity towards wrong-doers. See from what an inMrs. V. B. What witnesses ?

terested motive your own leniency arises. You Mr. S. Dr. Athelney, my dear son, Ruth Tred- have publicly assailed my want of charity. Had gett and your daughter.

I the control of another man's income, my chariMrs. V. B. (wildly.] No, no; not before Eve. ties might perhaps outvie your own. In one word, You cannot mean that I am to say this before Eve. if you retain your social position, you are morally Think, Mr. Smailey, what you are asking me to an impostor. If you retain my property, you are do. I am her mother!

morally Mr. S. I desire to press hardly on no fellow- Mrs. V. B. [interrupting him.] Enough! You creature, but it is meet she should know the bave spoken, and I know you now. I can see truth. Indeed, as a principle, truth cannot be too through those cold, hard eyes down into the cold, widely known.

hard heart from which they take their tone. Í Mrs. V. B. But she knows nothing of this mis- read there the stony creed, “A woman who has erable matter. She believes, as others believe, once fallen shall never rise again.” So let it be. that I was married abroad, and that my husband You are strong-for you have the world on your died soon after.

side. I am weak—for I am alone. If I am to die Mr. S. A mother seeking to deceive her own this moral death, it shall be by my own hand. child !

They shall hear the truth! (EVE and FREDERICK Mrs. V. B. Take every penny I possess, but for have appeared at the door; she turns and sees Eve's sake spare me this intolerable shame. I will them; they are followed by DR. ATHELNEY and sign any deed you please that will convey my EDWARD.) Come here, Eve; come here, Dr. property to you, but leave me the love and honor Athelney; all of you come here ! (Eve comes forof my darling child.

ward, and kneels at her mother's feet.] Eve, my Mr. s. I decline to place myself in the invidi- darling, my pet-Eve, dear, kiss me.

Kiss me ous position of one who takes steps to dispossess again and again—my child, my child! Kiss me a helpless lady; I also decline to be a party to now, for you may never kiss me again! Dr. Athelany deception. If you refuse to make the public ney, you love me, I know. Edward, my dear old admission I require, you may keep your ill-gotten friend, listen while I tell you what manner of wealth.

woman you have loved Mrs. V. B. Keep it! Why, I am here, of my Ruth. [rushing forward.] No, no, mistress,


you mustn't say it, don't, don't speak it; for the Enter Eve, who has overheard the last few lines. love of mercy don't speak it! As I'm a sinful She approaches her mother quietly, and places woman, it'll be worse than death to me.

her arms round her neck. Mrs. V. B. I must go on to the end. Do you

Eve. Mamma, you have many kind friends left know on what kind of thing you have lavished to you ; Dr. Athelney, who has given you a home, the treasure of your love? You have lavished it Edward and myself. on a fallen woman-an unhappy creature, who

Mrs. V. B. A daughter's love comes of honor. has committed that one sin for which on earth Can that love live without the honor that gives it there is no atonement—no forgiveness. You

sustenance ? think of me as Captain Van Brugh's widow ; God

Eve. Mamma, I am very young, and I know forgive me, I never was bis wife ! (RUTH recoils little of the world and its ways. Will you forgive from her with an exclamation of horror. Eve fals me if I speak foolishly? Dear mamma, I think senseless into EDWARD's arms. SMAILEY and my love for you began with my life. It was born FREDERICK watch the group from a corner of the with me, and came of no other cause than that stage.

you are my mother. As I brought it with me

into the world, so I believe I shall take it with me ACT IV.

out of the world. Do you understand me? I

mean, that if I had no other reason for loving SCENE.-Library at DR. ATHELNEY'S.

than that you are my mother, I should still love MRS. VAN Brugh discovered, seated, reading you, for I am your child. letters.

Mrs. V. B. A child to whom I have given a life

that is worse than death; a life that brings with it Mrs. V. B. “The Rev. Mr. Twemlow presents a curse that will be flung in your teeth by all who his compliments to Mrs. Van Brugh, and begs to know you, and first of all, and above ali, by him return her annual subscription of fifty guineas to who was to have married you. the Fund for providing Shelter for the Homeless

Eve. No, no; your bitter sorrow has made you Poor. He does not feel justified, under the cir- unjust. Remember, he loves me. I do not know cumstances, in accepting any aid from Mrs. Van why he loves me, but whatever he saw in me to Brugh on their behalf. With respect to the love is there still. I am not changed, and why living to which Mrs. Van Brugh has recently pre- should he change? I trust bis heart as I trust my sented Mr. Twemlow, he desires that she may understand that, if he consents to retain it, it is because he feels that it affords him a more ex- That man will visit my fault upon you. He will

Mrs. V. B. Eve, I know the world too well. tended sphere of spiritual usefulness than the curacy he has hitherto held.” (Opens another will say he is right.

renounce you now, my poor child, and the world letter.] “We, the aged occupants of the Locroft

Eve. I will believe this when I hear it from his Almshouses, are humbly pained and respectfully own lips. shocked at the disclosures that have recently been

Mrs. V. B. You will hear it to-day. It is part made with reference to Miss Brandreth's relations of the punishment of women who sin as I have with the late Captain Van Brugh. We trust that sinned, that those who are dearest to them shall it is unnecessary for us to add that, if it were not suffer with them. See how I am punished. I that the Almshouses pass at once from Miss Bran- have placed a mark of shame on you whom I dreth's hands into those of an upright and stain- love beyond all on earth. I have inflicted a lastless Christian, whom it is an honor respectfully to ing injury on you whom I would have died to know and a satisfaction humbly to profit by, we

I have cursed you whom I would have would not have consented to occupy them for blessed. I have degraded you whom I would another day; we would rather have worked for have exalted. Eve, my darling-out of my sin our living. Signed.” [Opens another letter.

has come your love for me. I have no claim to “ HONORED MADAME,

that love. I have cheated you into honoring me; " We shall feel greatly flattered and obliged if for that honor comes of my sin. I do not ask for you will kindly afford us a sitting for your photo-love-I do not ask for honor. Humbled, ungraph at your earliest convenience.

worthy and spirit-broken, I plead to you for par“We are, Honored Madame, “With much esteem,

don-only for pardon ! [Kneels to Eve.

Eve. Pardon! My mother-my gentle-hearted “Most respectfully yours,

mother. There is no thought in my mind but of “ SCUMLEY & RIPP." When these people address me, I am degraded The lustre of those years fills my world. I can

the perfect woman of the past eighteen years. indeed! My name a word of reproach in every see nothing else ; I will see nothing else. As you household in the country; my story a thing to be have always been to me, so shall you always bewhispered and hinted at, but not to be openly the type of gentle charity, tender helpfulness, discussed, by reason of its very shame. My years brave, large-hearted womanly sympathy. When of atonement held to be mere evidences of skill, the bright light of those by-gone years pales in my fully sustained hypocrisy. Myself a confessed

eyes, then let me suffer ten times the sorrow of counterfeit, a base and worthless imposition, a to-day, for indeed I shall have deserved it. living fraud on the immaculate beings with whom

[She rises and they embrace. I dared to surround myself. And Ruth-Ruth, to whom my heart opened-even Ruth has left

Enter FITZ PARTINGTON, cautiously, L. me. Poor blind, wayward woman, you are of the Mrs. V. B. Mr. Fitz Partington ? world, worldly; your idol is shattered, and there Fitz. Yes, but don't be alarmed. If it is open is the end. So let it be; it is meet that such as to a person in my debased position to be regarded I should be alone!

as a friend, regard me as one.


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