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TheProjectGutenbergeBook,ByBerwenBanks,byAllenRaine ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwithalmostno restrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayorre-useitunderthe termsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincludedwiththiseBookoronlineat www.gutenberg.org Title:ByBerwenBanks Author:AllenRaine ReleaseDate:July4,2006[eBook#18758] Language:English ***STARTOFTHEPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKBYBERWEN BANKS*** E-textpreparedbyAlHaines BYBERWENBANKS aNovel by ALLENRAINE Authorof"AWelshSinger,""TornSails,"etc 111THTHOUSAND London Hutchinson&Co PaternosterRow CONTENTS I BERWENBANKSII THEHOUSEONTHECLIFFIII THE SASSIWNIV THESTORMV GWYNNEELLISARRIVESVI CORWENANDVALMAIVII THEVICAR'SSTORYVIII THEOLD REGISTERIX REUBENSTREETX THEWEBOFFATEXI THE "BLACKDOG"XII ACLIMAXXIII "THEBABIES'CORNER"XIV UNRESTXV THESISTERSXVI DISPERSINGCLOUDSXVII HOME AGAINXVIII THEVELVETWALKXIX THEMEREDITHSXX GWLADYSXXI INTOTHESUNSHINE BYBERWENBANKS CHAPTERI BERWENBANKS CaerMadocisasleepylittleWelshtown,lyingtwomilesfromtheseacoast Far removedfromthebusycentresofcivilisation,wherethebattleoflifebreeds keenwitsanddeepinterests,itisstill,intheopinionofitsinhabitants,nextto London,themostimportantplaceintheUnitedKingdom Ithasitschurchand threechapels,itsmayorandcorporation,jail,townhall,andmarket-place;but, moreespecially,ithasitsfairs,andawakestospasmodicjollityonsuch occasions,whichcomeprettyoften—quitetentimesintheyear Intheinterims itresignsitselfcontentedlytoitsnormalstateoflethargy Thedayonwhichmystoryopenshadseenthebusiestandmerriestfairofthe year,andtheeveningfoundthelittletownlookingjadedanddisreputableafter itsfewhoursofdissipation,thedustyHighStreetbeinglitteredwithscrapsof paper,orange-peel,andsuchlikedébris Themerry-go-roundsandthe"shows" haddeparted,thelastdonkey-carthadrattledoutofthetown,ladenwithempty gingerbreadboxes InthestableoftheRedDragonthreemenstoopedinconclaveoverthehindfoot ofahorse Deio,theostler,andRoberts,thefarrier,agreedintheirverdictfora wonder;andCaradocWynne,theownerofthehorse,straightenedhimselffrom hisstoopingposturewithanodofdecision "Yes,it'squiteplainImustn'tridehimto-night,"hesaid "Well,I'llleavehim underyourcare,Roberts,andwilleithercomeorsendforhimto-morrow." "Needn'tdothat,sir,"saidRoberts,"forIamgoingmyselfto AbersethinonFriday;thatwillgivehimoneday'scompleterest,and I'llbringhimupgentlywithmynag." "Thatwilldobetter,"saidtheyoungman "Takecareofhim,Deio,"headded,in good,broadWelsh,"andIwillpayyouwellforyourtrouble,"and,withapaton Captain'sflankandadouceurinDeio'sreadypalm,heturnedtoleavetheyard Lookingbackfromunderthearchwaywhichopenedintothestreet,witha partinginjunctiontoRobertsto"takecareofhim,"heturnedupthedustyHigh Street "Pagh!"hesaid,"ithasbeenajollyfair,butithasn'tsweetenedtheair However, Ishallsoonhaveleftitbehindme,"andhesteppedoutbrisklytowardsthe stragglingendofthestreet,whichmergedintoawildmoorlandcountry "There'sadifferencebetweenhimandhisfather,"saidDeiotohiscompanion,as theyledCaptainbacktohisstall "Seetheold'Vicaredu'huntingbetweenhis coppersforathreepennybit!Jâriman!youwouldthinkitwasasovereignhe waslookingfor." "Yes,"saidRoberts,"theoldVicareisakeenmanenough,butjust;alwayspays hisbillsregularly;heisnotasblackastheymakehimouttobe." "No,Idaresay!Theysaythedevilisn't,either,"saidDeio Itwasveryevidentthepersoninquestionwasnofavouriteofhis MeanwhileCaradoc,orCardoashewascalledalloverthecountryside,the "Vicaredu's"onlyson,hadbegunhistramphomewardswithalightheartanda briskstep Hewasatall,broad-shoulderedman,withhealthandyouthfulenergy expressedineverylimbandfeature,withjetblackhairandsparklingeyesto match Hisdark,almostswarthyface,waslightedupbyapleasantsmile,which seemedeverhoveringaboutthecornersofhismouth,andwhichwouldmake itselfevidentinspiteofthemoustachewhichthreatenedtohideit Thebandofthelocalmilitiawaspractisingintheopenmarkethallashepassed, andanoldWelshairstruckfamiliarlyonhisear "They'llwonderwhat'sbecomeofmeathome,"hethought,"orratherBetto will Idon'tsupposemyfatherwouldnoticemyabsence,solongasIwashome tosupper Poorolddad!"headded,andagravelookcameoverhisface Intruthitwasnotaverycheerfulhometowhichhewasreturning,butitwas home,andhadbeenhisfromchildhood Ithadbeenthehomealsoofhis ancestorsforgenerations,which,toaWelshman,meansagreatdeal,fortheties ofhomeareintheveryrootsofhisbeing Homedrawshimfromthefurthermost endsoftheearth,andleavingit,addsbitternesseventodeath Hismotherhaddiedathisbirth,sothatthesacredword"mother"hadnever beenmorethananametohim,andhehadtaughthimselftobanishthethought ofherfromhismind;infactanindescribableuneasinessalwaysleaptupwithin hisheartwhenhernamewasmentioned,andthatwasveryrarely,forhisfather neverspokeofher,andoldBetto,theheadservant,butseldom,andthenwith suchevidentsadnessandreticence,thatanundefined,thoughnonetheless crushingfear,hadhauntedhimfromchildhoodupwards Ashesteppedoutso bravelythissoftspringevening,thelookofdisquietudedidnotremainlongon hisface Attwenty-fourlifehasnotlostitsrosytints;heart,mind,andbodyare freshandfreetotakeashareinallitsopeningscenes,moreespeciallyif,asin Cardo'scase,love,thedisturber,hasnotyetputinanappearance Ashereachedthebrowofthehillbeyondthetown,thewhitedustyroad stretchedlikeasinuoussnakeoverthemoorbeforehim,whileontheleft,the sealaysoftandgreyinthetwilight,andthemoonrosefullandbrightonhis right Theeveningairwasverystill,butanoccasionalstrainofthebandhehad leftbehindhimreachedhisears,andwithamusicalvoicehehummedtheold Welshairwhichcamefitfullyonthebreeze: "ByBerwen'sbanksmylovehathstrayed, Formanyadayinsunandshade; Andwhileshecarolsloudandclear, Thelittlebirdsflydowntohear "ByBerwen'sbanksthestormrosehigh, Theswollenriverrushingby! Beneathitswavesmylovewasdrowned Andonitsbanksmylovewasfound!" Suddenlyhewasawareofacloakedfigurewalkingaboutahundredyardsin frontofhim "Who'sthat,Iwonder?"hethought,andthen,forgettingits existence,hecontinuedhissong: "I'llne'erforgetthatleafyshade! I'llne'erforgetthatwinsomemaid! Buttherenomoreshecarolsfree, SoBerwen'sbanksaresadtome!" Byandby,atacurveintheroad,heagainnoticedthefigureinfrontofhim,and quickenedhissteps;butitdidthesame,andthedistancebetweenthemwasnot lessened,soCardogaveitup,andcontinuedhissong Whenthestraincametoa naturalending,helookedagainwithsomeinterestatthegreyfigureever movingon,andstillseemingtokeepatthesamedistancefromhim Oncemore hequickenedhissteps,andagainthefiguredidlikewise "Diwssanwl!"hesaid "Iamnotgoingtorunafteranoldwomanwhoevidentlydoesnotwantmy company."Andhetrampedsteadilyonunderthefastdarkeningsky Forquite threemileshehadfollowedthevanishingform,andashereachedthetopofthe moor,hebegantofeelirritatedbythepersistentmannerinwhichhisfellowtravellerrefusedtoshortenthedistancebetweenthem Itrousedwithinhimthe spiritofresistance,andhecouldbeverydoggedsometimesinspiteofhiseasy manner Havingoncedetermined,therefore,tocomeupwiththemysterious pedestrian,herapidlycoveredthegroundwithhislongstrides,andsoonfound himselfabreastofaslimgirl,who,afterlookingshylyasideathim,continued herwalkatthesamesteadypace Thetwilighthaddarkenedmuchsincehehad leftthetown,butthemoonlightshowedhimthegracefulposeofthehead,the light,springytread,andthemassofgoldenhairwhichescapedfromthered hoodcoveringherhead Cardotookoffhiscap "Good-nighttoyou,"hesaid "IhopeIhavenotfrightenedyoubyso persistentlytryingtocatchyou." "Good-night,"saidthegirl "Yes,indeed,youhave,whatever,becauseIamnot usedtobeoutinthenight Therabbitshavefrightenedmetoo,theyarelooking solargeinthislight." "Iamsorry ItisverybraveofyoutowalkallthewayfromCaer Madocalone." "ToAbersethinitisnotsofar,"saidthegirl "DoyouliveatAbersethin?" "Yes,notfaroff;roundtheedgeofthecliffs,underMoelHiraethog." "Oh!Iknow,"saidCardo;"themillinthevalley?" "No,roundthenextshore,anduptothetopofthecliffisourhouse." "TraethBerwen?ThatiswhereIlive!" "Well,indeed!" "Yes,IamCaradocWynne,andIliveatBrynderyn." "Oh!areyouCardoWynne?Ihaveheardplentyaboutyou,andaboutyour father,the'Vicaredu.'" "Ah!poorolddad!Idaresayyouhavenotheardmuchgoodofhim;thepeople donotunderstandhim." "Well,indeed,theworstIhaveheardofhimisthatheisnotverykindtoyou; thatheismakingyoutoworkonthefarm,whenyououghttobeagentleman." "Thatisnottrue,"saidCardo,flushinginthedarkness;"itismywishtobea farmer;Ilikeitbetterthananyotherwork;itismyownfreechoice Besides, canInotbeafarmerandagentlemantoo?WherecouldIbesohappyashereat home,wheremyancestorshavelivedforgenerations?" "Ancestors?"saidthegirl;"whatisthat?" "Oh!mygrandfatherandgreat-grandfather,andallthelongdeadofmyfamily." "Yes,indeed,Isee Ancestors,"sherepeated,withasortofschedulingtone,as thoughmakingsureofthefreshinformation;"IdonotknowmuchEnglish,but there'sgoodyouarespeakingit!CanyouspeakWelsh?" "Ha!ha!ha!"laughedCardo,andhisvoicewoketheechoesfromMoel Hiraethog,thehillwhichtheywerenearing,andwhichtheymustcompass beforereachingthevalleyoftheBerwen "Ha!ha!ha!CanIspeakWelsh?Why, IamWelshtothecore,Cymroglangloyw![1]Whatareyou?" "Oh!Welsh,ofcourse Youcanhearthatbymytalk." "Indeedno,"saidCardo "IdidnotknowanyoneatTraethBerwencouldspeak Englishaswellasyoudo." Hewaslongingtofindoutwhohisfellow-travellerwas Hesawinthedimlight shewasslimandfair,andhadawealthofgoldenhair;hesawherdresswasgrey andherhoodwasred Somuchthemoonlightrevealed,butfurtherthanthishe couldnotdiscover,andpolitenessforbadehisasking Asifinanswertohis thoughts,however,hernextwordsenlightenedhim "IamValmaiPowell,thenieceofEssecPowell,thepreacher." Along,lowwhistleescapedfromtheyoungman'slips "ByJove!"hesaid Thegirlwassilent,butcouldhehaveseenthehotblushwhichspreadoverher faceandneck,hewouldhaveknownthathehadrousedthequickWelshtemper Hewasunconsciousofit,however,andstrodeoninsilence,untiltheyreacheda rough-built,moss-grownbridge,andheretheybothstoppedasifbymutual consent Leaningtheirelbowsonthemossystonewall,theylookeddowntothe depthsbelow,wherethelittleriverBerwenbabbledandwhisperedonitswayto thesea "There'sanicenoiseitismakingdownthere,"saidValmai "Butwhydoyousay abadwordwhenItellyoumyuncle'sname?" "Abadword?Inyourpresence?Notfortheworld!ButIcouldnothelpthinking howshockedmyfatherandyourunclewouldbetoseeuswalkingtogether." "Yes,Ithink,indeed,"saidthegirl,openingalittlebasketandspreadingits contentsonthelowwall "See!"shesaid,inalmostchildishtones,andturning herfacestraighttothemoonlight Cardosaw,ashelookeddownather,thatitwasabeautifulface "See!"shesaid,"gingerbreadthatIboughtinthatoldstreettheycall'The Mwntroyd.'Hereisasilvership,andhereisagoldwatch,andagoldengirl Whichwillyouhave?" "Well,indeed,Iamashungryasahunter,"saidCardo "Iwillhavethelassie,if wasfulloftenderlongingsandthoughtsofher Sheseemedtofilltheairaround him,sheseemedtopressuponhisinnerconsciousnesswithsuchvividness,that hefeltitdifficulttorestrainhisvoice,andpreventhimselffromcallinghername aloud Atlast,theeveningshadowsbegantofalloversleepyCaerMadoc,andValmai, alightingfromthecoachinthe"RedDragon"yard,lookedroundhurriedly With her,too,theimpressionofCardo'spresencehadbeensovivid,thatshealmost expectedtoseehimwaitingforher;butnoCardowastobeseen!Afterleaving herluggageintheostler'scharge,shehastenedoutthroughtheoldarchway whichopenedintotheHighStreet "No,Ipreferwalking,thankyou;youcansendmyluggageonto-morrow,"she saidtothekindlyofficiousman,whofollowedhertoofferhisservicesasdriver, andsheturnedupthestreetwithaheartfullofexultanthopes Herewerethelast stragglinghousesthatreachedupthehillystreet,leadingtothemoor Hersteps werelightandspringy,asshefollowedthefamiliarroad,nowalmostdesertedby thelastpedestriansreturningfromthemarket Thesunhadsetbehindthesea, whichshealreadysawstretchingawaytothewest,asoftgreyhazeenfoldedthe hillswhichrosebeforeher,andthemoonwasrisingtoherrightandblending hersilverlightwiththatofthedepartedsun,whichstillleftagoldenglowover thewest Valmaiwalkedonsteadilyuntilshereachedthefirstmilestone,and sittingdownbesideit,sherestedawhile,almosthiddenbyitsshadow Itwasnot oneofthemoderninsignificant,square-cut,stiffstones,butasolidboulderof granite,oneofthemanystrewnaboutthemoor Shelistenedbreathlesslytothe differentsoundsthatreachedherears,soundswhichseemedtoawakeinthe stillness,asshelistened Therewasafaintanddistantrumblingofwheelsinthe townbehindher,andsurelysomestrainsofmusic,whichcarriedherbackin memorytoanothereveninginthepast!Downbelowthecliffsonherleftshe heardthemysteriouswhisperingofthesea;inthelittlecoppiceacrosstheroada wood-pigeoncooedhersoft"good-night";andawayinthehay-fields,stretching inland,sheheardthecorncrakes'gratingcall;butnohumanfootstepbrokethe silenceofnight SurelyCardowouldhavegonetomarketonsuchalovelyday! or,whoknows?perhapshewastoosadtocarefortownormarket?Buthark!a footsteponthehard,dryroad Shelistenedbreathlesslyasitdrewnearerinthe gatheringgreyofthetwilight Steadilyittramped,trampedon,andpeeping roundthemilestone,Valmaiatlastsawagreyfigureemergefromthehaze It wasCardo,shefeltsure,andrisingatonce,shehurriedsomedistanceonthe roadinasuddenfeelingofnervousness Thesteadytramp,trampcameever nearer,and,lookingthroughtheincreasingshadows,shesawdistinctlythewellrememberedform,thebroadshoulders,thefirmly-knitframe,andinafresh accessofnervousnessshehurriedonagain—puttingoffthemomentof recognitionwhichshelongedfor,andendeavouringtoreachahollowinthehigh bank,whereshemightliehiddenuntilshehadregainedcourageandcalmness MeanwhileCardo,whohaddrivenintothemarketwithDr Hughesinthe morning,hadstartedonhishomewardjourneyjustasValmaiwasleavingthe townbehindher Ithadbeenalovelyday,hehadhadpleasantcompany,andhad transactedhisbusinesssatisfactorily;butadeepandsettledgloomseemedto havefallenuponhim,whichhewaspowerlesstoshakeoff Throughthewhole tenorofhisliferanthedistractingmemoryofValmai'sunrelentingangerinthe VelvetWalk,andofthebitternessofthesubsequentmeetingatColonel Meredith's Ashesteppedalongthroughthesummertwilight,andsawthesilver moonwhichhungabovehim,histhoughtsflewbacktothefirsteveningofhis acquaintancewithher Ah!howlongagoitseemed,andyethoweverything pertainingtothateveningseemedtorepeatitself Therewerethestrainsofthe militiabandthrobbingonthequieteveningair,justastheydidonthateventful evening;andtherewasevenagreyfemalefigurehurryingbeforehimasbefore, andCardosmiledbitterlyashethoughthowdifferenteverythingwas,inspiteof thecurious"harkingback"ofallthesmallcircumstances Awakingfroma reverie,hemissedthegreyfigure;butforgettingheratonce,andagainabsorbed inthought,hehadpassedthehollowinthebank,whenasoftvoicefollowedhim onthebreeze "Cardo!" Instantlyheturned,andstandingstillasastatue,watchedwitheagernessagrey formwhichseemedtorisefromthehedge Heheardhisownheartbeatloudly, andinthestillnightairheheardthesoughofthesea,andtheharshcallofthe corncrake Againthevoicesaid,"Cardo!"verylowandtrembling Withone boundhewasbesidethespeaker,andinthelightofthemoonValmaistood plainlyrevealed Thesweeteyesglistenedasofold,andthenightbreezeplayed withthelittlecurlsofgoldwhichescapedfromtheirrestrainingcoiffure She heldoutherhands,andinamomentCardo'sstrongarmswerearoundher "Mywildsea-bird,"hesaid,inapassionatewhisper,"haveyouflownbackto me?Valmai,mydarling,whatdoesitmean?Haveyouforgivenme?Haveyou repentedofthosecruelwords,dearest?Oh,sayitwasnotmyValmaiwhocalled me'baseanddishonourable.'Speakdearest,"hesaid,whileheshoweredkisses upontheuncoveredheadwhichleantuponhisbreast "ItwasnotyourValmai,Cardo Howcouldyouthinkitpossible?ItwasnotI whomyousawintheMossWalk Ididnotknowtillto-day,thisveryday,that thosecruelwordswerespoken." "Letussithere,mybeloved;givemeyourhand;letmetrytorealisethis bewilderingjoy."Andhandinhandtheysatonthegrassybank,whilethecorncrakecalled,andtheseaheavedandwhisperedbehindthem There,underthegoldenmoon,withendlessquestionsandreiterationofanswers, ValmaitoldherstoryandCardotoldhis,untilthemoonrodehighinthesky AgainandagainCardopressedhertohisheart,andagainandagainshetookhis brownhandsinherownandlaidhercheekuponthem "Oh,Cardo!isittrue?orisitalladream?Sosuddenlytoleavemysadnessand sorrowbehind,andtoawaketothisblessedreality!"Andastheyrosetopursue theirwalktogether,Cardodrewherarmthroughhis,asifafraidforamomentto loosenhisholdofher "Butyoursister,dearest,isnotlikeyou!HowcouldIhavebeendeceived?How couldI,foronemoment,havethoughtmygentledarlingwouldsaysuchcruel things?No,no!youareutterlyunlikeeachother,thoughsostrangelyalike." "Well,indeed,Cardobâch!whenyouknowheryouwillseehowsweetand beautifulsheis!howmuchwiserandmorenoblethanI!Itwashergreatlovefor me,andherdesirethatIshouldbehappy,thatmadeheractasshedid;andtomorrowyoumustreadherpenitentletter,andlearntoforgiveher,andtolove herformysake." "Iwill—Iwill,love;Iwillforgiveanybody,anything,andwilllovethewhole worldnowthatIhaveyoubackagain Butoh,Valmai,mybeloved,howshallI evermakeuptoyouforallyouhavegonethrough?Iknownowyounever receivedmyletterwrittenontheBurrawalla,andsentbyTheDundee,forIhave heardofhersadfate Inthat,dearest,Iretractedmyrequestthatyoushouldkeep ourmarriageasecret,andyouwouldhavebeensavedallthesorrowyouhave bornehadyoureceivedit ButIwillmakeuptoyou,dearest,ifthedevotionofa lifetimecandoso." "Thisishappinessenoughtomakeupforanything,"saidValmai;"andIamglad Iwasabletokeepmypromise." "Faithfulfriend,andtrustfulwife!"answeredCardo "Ah!no,"continuedValmai;"Ishallneverregrethavingkeptmypromise! Indeed,Ineverfelttemptedtobreakit,exceptoneday,when,intheoldchurch, Imetyourfatherfacetoface NevershallIforgettheagonisinglongingIfeltto throwmyselfathisfeetandtellhimall,andminglemytearswithhis." "Hehastoldmeallaboutit,love,andhowhethoughtitwasanangel,whenhe firstsawyoustandingthere Butletusleavealltalesofsorrowforanotherday; to-nightisforloveonly,forrapturousjoy!Arewenottogether,love?andwhat doesanythingelsematter?" "Nothing,nothing,"answeredValmai,inwordswhichlostnoneoftheirdepthof feelingfrombeingspokeninsoft,lowtones Insilence,whichwasmoreeloquentthanwords,theypursuedtheirwaytillthey reachedthebridgeovertheBerwen;andastheyleantoveritsside,andlooked intothedepthsofthewoodsbeneaththem,theyrecalledallthecircumstancesof theirfirstmeeting "IwishIhadboughtsomegingerbreadintheMwntroyd,Cardo,sothatwe mighteatitheretogether Ah!howitallcomesbacktome!" Andastheyleantoverthebridgeheheldherhandinhis,andwitheyeswhich soughteachother'sinthemoonlight,theyletthetimeslipbyunheeded The onlysoundthatroseuponthestillnightairwasthebabblingoftheBerwen Whenatlastbothhadtoldtheirstory,andeveryquestionandanswerhadagain andagainbeenrenewed,andallitssidebearingsandsuggestionshadbeen satisfactorilyexplained,thesweet,lispingsoundsoftheriverfloodedtheirsouls withitsmusic "Oh,Cardo!tothinkwecanoncemoresingtogether Howdifferenttothat miserableeveningatColonelMeredith's,whenyoustoodaloof,andGwensang thedearoldsong Ithoughtitwouldkillme." "AndI,darling,whenIcarriedyouupinmyarms,whatdidIfeel?" "Well,indeed,Idon'tknow;butwehavehadadreadfulexperience,whatever." AndpresentlyValmaibegantohum"ByBerwenBanks,"Cardoirresistibly joininginwithhismusicalbass,andonceagaintheoldballadfloateddownthe valleyandfilledthenightwithmelody "Weoughttobegoingnow,orweshallbeshutout IknowNancewillbegone tobedalready,but,certainly,thereisnotmuchdistancebetweenherbedandthe door." "Nance!"saidCardo "No,indeed,mywildsea-bird Ihavecaughtyounow,and neveragainwillIpartwithyou HometoBrynderyn,dearest,withme,where myfatherislongingtofoldyouinhisarms." "Anywherewithyou,Cardo."AnddownbytheBerwentheytooktheirway,by theoldchurch,wherethewhiteowlhootedatthemastheypassed,anddownto theshore,wherethewaveswhisperedtheirhappygreetings The"Vicaredu,"ashesatbyhisstudyfirethatnight,waslostinthought A wonderfulchangehadcomeoverhiscountenance,thegloomandsternnesshad disappeared,andasoftenedandevengentlelookhadtakentheirplace Asmile ofeagerinterestcrossedhisfaceasheheardthecrunchingofthegravel,which announcedhisson'sreturn Bettowasalreadyopeningthedoor,andacryof surpriseandgladnesswokeanechointheoldman'sheartashehurriedalongthe stonepassageintotheparlour Cardocameintomeethim,leadingValmai,who hungbackalittletimidly,lookingnervouslyintotheVicar'spaleface Butthe lookshesawtherebanishedallherfears,andinanothermomentshewas claspedinhisarms,andinallWalesnohappierfamilydrewroundtheirevening mealthatnightthantheWynnesofBrynderyn Thereisnothingmoretobesaid,exceptthatGwynneEllis'sletterawaited Cardo'shome-coming,anditshallspeakforitself "DEARWYNNE,—Iwritewithsuchmixedfeelings,andatthesametimein suchahurrytocatchthefirstpossiblepost,thatprobablyyouwillthinkmy letterisalittle'mixed'too Youwillguesswhatwasmyastonishment,when callinguponMrs Power,tofind—notValmai,buthertwin-sister,MissGwladys Powell!MydearWynne,Iwasstruckdumbbythelikenessbetweenthem I waitedeagerlyforValmai'sarrival,whichtheyweredailyexpecting,anditwas notuntilIheardshewasgoingtoCardiganshireinsteadthatImentionedto Gwladysyourmarriagetohersister,andthecruelmannerinwhichshehad receivedyouafteryourlongabsence Thencametheexplanation,which,no doubt,erethisyouhavereceivedfromValmai'sownlips,forIknowthattomorrowshewillseeyou,havingreceivedhersister'sletterinthemorning;and theveilwillbelifted,andallyoursorrowwilldisperselikethebaselessfabricof adream YouwillseealreadyhowGwladys,dreadingyourinfluenceuponthe sisterwhomshethoughtyouhaddeceivedanddeserted,wastempted,byyour mistakingherforValmai,toimpersonateher,andtodriveyouawayfromher presence Hersorrowandrepentancearegreaterthantheoccasiondemands,I think,for,afterall,itwasherdeeploveforhersisterwhichmadeheractinthis way;andIamsurethat,whenyouandValmaihavebeenreunitedandallyour joysreturn,youwillhavenoroominyourheartsforangeragainstGwladys She isthemostlovelygirlIhaveeverseen,exceptyourwife,andhermindandheart arequiteworthyofherbeautifulface;indeed,mydearCardo,sheiswhatIonce thoughtwasnottobefound—asecondValmai!InfactIloveher,andIamnot withoutafainthopethatmyloveisreturned RemembermetoShoni,andtell himIhopetoseehimagainnextspring AndwhatifIbringGwladysdown,and weallroambytheBerwentogether?—notShoni!WhatcanIaddmore,except thatIhopethisdeliciousprogrammemaybecarriedout? 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