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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofDawn,byEleanorH Porter#6inourseriesby EleanorH Porter Copyrightlawsarechangingallovertheworld Besuretocheckthecopyright lawsforyourcountrybeforedownloadingorredistributingthisoranyother ProjectGutenbergeBook ThisheadershouldbethefirstthingseenwhenviewingthisProjectGutenberg file Pleasedonotremoveit Donotchangeoredittheheaderwithoutwritten permission Pleasereadthe“legalsmallprint,”andotherinformationabouttheeBookand ProjectGutenbergatthebottomofthisfile Includedisimportantinformation aboutyourspecificrightsandrestrictionsinhowthefilemaybeused Youcan alsofindoutabouthowtomakeadonationtoProjectGutenberg,andhowtoget involved **WelcomeToTheWorldofFreePlainVanillaElectronicTexts** **eBooksReadableByBothHumansandByComputers,Since1971** *****TheseeBooksWerePreparedByThousandsofVolunteers!***** Title:Dawn Author:EleanorH Porter ReleaseDate:June,2004[EBook#5874][Yes,wearemorethanoneyearahead ofschedule][ThisfilewasfirstpostedonSeptember15,2002] Edition:10 Language:English Charactersetencoding:ASCII ***STARTOFTHEPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKDAWN*** ProducedbyCharlesAldarondo,CharlesFranksandtheOnlineDistributed ProofreadingTeam [Illustration:“IMUSTGO,NOW,I—MUST—GO!”] DAWN BY ELEANORH PORTER WithIllustrationsbyLuciusWolcottHitchcock BOSTONANDNEWYORK 1919 ToMyFriend MRS JAMESD PARKER CONTENTS I THEGREATTERROR II DAD III FORJERRYANDNED IV SCHOOL V WAITING VI LIGHTSOUT VII SUSANTOTHERESCUE VIII AUNTNETTIEMEETSHERMATCH IX SUSANSPEAKSHERMIND X ANDNETTIECOLEBROOKSPEAKSHERS XI NOTPATSBUTSCRATCHES XII CALLERSFOR“KEITHIE” XIII FREEVERSE—ALASUSAN XIV ASURPRISEALLAROUND XV AGAINSUSANTAKESAHAND XVI THEWORRYOFIT XVII DANIELBURTONTAKESTHEPLUNGE XVIII “MISSSTEWART” XIX AMATTEROFLETTERS XX WITHCHINUP XXI THELION XXII HOWCOULDYOU,MAZIE? XXIII JOHNMCGUIRE XXIV ASSUSANSAWIT XXV KEITHTOTHERESCUE XXVI MAZIEAGAIN XXVII FORTHESAKEOFJOHN XXVIII THEWAY XXIX DOROTHYTRIESHERHAND XXX DANIELBURTON’S“JOB” XXXI WHATSUSANDIDNOTSEE XXXII THEKEY XXXIII ANDALLONACCOUNTOFSUSAN ILLUSTRATIONS “Imustgo,now I—must—go!” SusanBettstalkingwithMrs McGuireovertheback-yardfence “Wantyou?Ialwayswantyou!” “You’vehelpedmore—thanyou’lleverknow” Hegaveheralmostnochancetosayanythingherself Keith’sarmshotoutandhishandfell,coveringhers ItwaswellthattheJapanesescreenonthefrontpiazzawasdown CHAPTERI THEGREATTERROR ItwasonhisfourteenthbirthdaythatKeithBurtondiscoveredtheGreatTerror, thoughhedidnotknowitbythatnameuntilsomedaysafterward Heknew only,tohissurpriseanddistress,thatthe“TreasureIsland,”giventohimbyhis fatherforabirthdaypresent,wasprintedintypesoblurredandpoorthathe couldscarcelyreadit Hesaidnothing,ofcourse Infactheshutthebookveryhastily,withaquick, sidewiselook,lesthisfathershouldseeandnoticetheimperfectionofhisgift Poorfather!Hewouldfeelsobadafterhehadtakenallthatpainsandspentall thatmoney—andforsomethingnotabsolutelynecessary,too!Andthentoget cheatedlikethat For,ofcourse,hehadbeencheated—suchhorridprintthat nobodycouldread ButitwasonlyadayortwolaterthatKeithfoundsomemorehorridprint This timeitwasinhisfather’sweeklyjournalthatcameeverySaturdaymorning He founditagainthatnightinamagazine,andyetagainthenextdayintheSunday newspaper Then,beforehehadevolvedasatisfactoryexplanationinhisownmindofthis phenomenon,heheardSusanBettstalkingwithMrs McGuireoverthebackyardfence SusanBettsbegantheconversation Butthatwasnothingstrange:SusanBetts alwaysbegantheconversation “HaveyouheardaboutpooroldHarrington?”shedemandedinwhatKeith calledher“excitingest”voice Then,aswasalwaysthecasewhenshespokein thatvoice,sheplungedonwithoutwaitingforareply,asiffearfullestherbitof newsfallfromtheotherpairoflipsfirst “Well,he’sblind—stoneblind He couldn’tseeadollarbill—notifyoushookitrightbeforehiseyes.” “Sho!youdon’tsay!”Mrs McGuiredroppedthewetsheetbackintothebasket andcametothefenceonhersideconcernedly “Now,ain’tthattoobad?” “Yes,ain’tit?An’hesokind,an’nowsoblind!Itjestmakesmesick.”Susan whippedopenthetwistedfoldsofawettowel Susanseldomstoppedherwork totalk “ButIsawitcomin’longago An’hedid,too,poorman!” Mrs McGuireliftedabonyhandtoherfaceandtuckedaflyingwispofhair behindherrightear “Thenifhesawitcomin’,whycouldn’thedosomethin’tostopit?”she demanded [Illustration:SUSANBETTSTALKINGWITHMRS MCGUIREOVERTHE BACKYARDFENCE] “Idon’tknow Buthecouldn’t Dr Chandlersaidhecouldn’t An’theyhada manupfromBoston—oneofthemeyesocialistswhatdoesn’tdoctoranythin’ buteyes—an’hesaidhecouldn’t.” Keith,onhiskneesbeforethebeet-bedadjoiningtheclothes-yard,satbackon hisheelsandeyedthetwowomenwithfrowninginterest HeknewoldMr Harrington Sodidalltheboys Neverwasthereakiteoragun orajack-knifesofargonethatUncleJoeHarringtoncouldnot“fixit”somehow Andhewasalwayssojollyaboutit,andsogladtodoit Butittookeyestodo suchthings,andifnowhewasgoingtobeblind— “An’yousayit’sbeencomin’ongradual?”questionedMrs McGuire “Why,I hadn’theard-” “No,therehain’tnooneheard,”interruptedSusan “Hedidn’tsaynothin’ter nobody,hardly,onlyme,Iguess,an’Isuspicionedit,orhewouldn’t‘a’saiditto me,probably Yesee,Ifoundouthewa’n’treadin’‘em—thepapersMr Burton hasmetakeupterhimeveryweek An’heownedup,whenItookhimtertask forit,thathecouldn’tread‘em Theywasgettin’allblurred.” “Blurred?”Itwasastartledlittlecryfromtheboydownbythebeet-bed;but neitherSusannorMrs McGuireheard—perhapsbecauseatalmostthesame momentMrs McGuirehadexcitedlyaskedthesamequestion “Blurred?”shecried “Yes;allruntergetherlike—theprintin’,yeknow–-sohecouldn’ttelloneletter fromt’other ‘Twa’n’tonlyalittleatfirst Why,hethought‘twasjestsomethin’ thematterwiththeprintin’itself;an’—” “AndWASN’TittheprintingatALL?” Theboywasonhisfeetnow Hisfacewasalittlewhiteandstrained-looking,as heaskedthequestion “Why,no,dearie Didn’tyouhearSusantellMis’McGuirejestnow?‘Twashis EYES,an’hedidn’tknowit Hewasgettin’blind,an’thatwasjestthe beginnin’.” Susan’scapablehandspickedupanotherwettowelandsnappeditopenbyway ofemphasis “Theb-beginning?”stammeredtheboy “But—butALLbeginningsdon’t— don’tendlikethat,dothey?” SusanBettslaughedindulgentlyandjammedtheclothespinalittledeeperonto thetowel “Blessthechild!Won’tyehearthat,now?”shelaughedwithashrug “An’how shouldIknow?IguessifSusanBettscouldtelltheendofallthebeginnin’sas soonasthey’rebegun,shewouldn’tbehangin’outyourdaddy’swashin’,my boy She’dbesittin’onaredvelvetsofawithagoldcupolaoverherheadachargin’fivedollarsapiecefortellin’yerfortune Yes,sir,shewould!” “But—butaboutUncleJoe,”persistedtheboy “Can’thereallysee—atall, Susan?” “There,there,child,don’tthinkanythingmoreaboutit Indeed,forsooth,I’m tellin’thetruth,butIs’poseIhadn’toughtertolditbeforeyou Still,you’d‘a’ founditoutquickenough—an’youwithyourtopsan’ballsalwaysrunnin’up there An’that’swhatthepoorsoulseemedtofeeltheworstabout,”shewenton, addressingMrs McGuire,whowasstillleaningonthedivisionfence “‘IfonlyIcouldseeenoughterhelptheboys!’hemoanedoveran’overagain It mademefeelawfulbad IwasthatupsetIjestcouldn’tsleepthatnight,an’Ihad tergetupan’write Butitmadearealprettypoem Myfusealwaysworksbetter inthenight,anyhow ‘Thewailofthetoys’—that’swhatIcalledit—hadthe toystellthestory,yeknow,allthekitesan’jack-knivesan’ballsan’batsthat he’sfixedfortheboysalltheseyears,an’howbadtheyfeltbecausehecouldn’t doitanymore Likethis,yeknow: ‘Oh,woeisme,saidthebaseballbat,Oh,woeisme,saidthekite.’ ‘Twasrealpretty,ifIdosayit,an’touchy,too.” “Formercy’ssake,SusanBetts,ifyouain’tthegreatest!”ejaculatedMrs McGuire,withdisapprovingadmiration “Ifyouwasdyin’Ibelieveyou’dstop towriteapoemforyergravestone!” SusanBettschuckledwickedly,buthervoicewasgravityitself “Oh,Iwouldn’thaveterdothat,Mis’McGuire I’vegotthatdonealready.” “SusanBetts,youhaven’t!”gaspedthescandalizedwomanontheothersideof thefence “Haven’tI?Listen,”challengedSusanBetts,strikinganattitude Herfacewas abnormallygrave,thoughhereyesweremerry “HereliethawomanwhosenamewasBetts,An’Is’poseshe’lldeserve whatevershegets;Butifshehadn’tbeenBettsshemight‘a’beenBetter,She mightevenbeenBestifhernamewould‘a’lether.” “Susan!”gaspedMrs McGuireoncemore;butSusanonlychuckledagain wickedly,andfelltoworkonherbasketofclothesingoodearnest Amomentlatershewasholdingupwithsterndisapprovaltwosockswith gapingheels “KeithBurton,here’sthemscandaloussocksagain!Now,doyougotellyour fatherthatIwon’ttouch‘em Iwon’tmend‘emanotheronce Hemustgetyoua newpair—twonewpairs,rightaway Doyouhear?” ButKeithdidnothear Keithwasnottheretohear Stillwiththatstrained,white lookonhisfacehehadhurriedoutoftheyardandthroughthegate Mrs McGuire,however,didhear “Mystars,SusanBetts,it’sluckyyourbarkisworsethanyourbite!”she exclaimed “Mend‘em,indeed!Theywon’tbedrybeforeyou’vegotyour darnin’eggin‘em.” Susanlaughedruefully Thenshesighed:—atarms’lengthshewasholdingup anotherpairofyawningsocks “Iknowit Andlookatthem,too,”shesnapped,ingrowingwrath “Butwhat’sa bodygoin’todo?Theboy’dgohalf-nakedbeforehisfatherwouldsenseit,with hisnoseinthatpaint-box Muchaseverashe’sgotsenseenoughterputonhis ownclothes—andheWOULDN’TknowWHENterputonCLEANones,ifI didn’tspread‘emoutforhim!” “Iknowit Toobad,toobad,”murmuredMrs McGuire,withavirtuousshakeof herhead “An’hewithhisfinebringin’-up,an’nowtobesoshiftlessan’goodfor-nothin’,an’—” ButSusanBettswasinterrupting,hereyesflashing “Ifyouplease,I’llthankyoutosaynomorelikethataboutmymaster,”shesaid withdignity “He’sneithershiftless,norgood-for-nothin’ Hischaracteris unbleachable!He’sanartistan’ascholaran’agentleman,an’averysuperlative man It’sbecauseheknowssomuchthat—thathejesthain’tgotroomfor commonthingslikeclothesan’holesinsocks.” “Stuffan’nonsense!”retortedMrs McGuirenettledinherturn “IguessI’ve knownDan’lBurtonaslongasyouhave;an’asforhisbein’yourmaster—he can’tcallhissoulhisownwhenyou’rearound,an’youknowit.” ButSusan,withadisdainfulsniff,pickeduphernowemptyclothes-basketand marchedintothehouse DowntheroadKeithhadreachedtheturnandwasclimbingthehillthatledto oldMr Harrington’sshabbycottage Theboy’seyeswerefixedstraightahead Asquirrelwhiskedhistailalluringly fromthebushesattheleft,andarobintwitteredfromatreebranchontheright Buttheboyneithersawnorheard—andwhenbeforehadKeithBurtonfailedto “Thenwhy—what—Dorothy,whatdoyoumeanbyallthis?” “Why,it’sjustthat—thatis—I—oh,Keith,Keith,whywillyoumakemetell you?”shecriedbetweenhystericallittlelaughsandsobs “Andyet—I’dhaveto tellyou,ofcourse I—Iknewyouwerethereontheporch,and—andIknew you’dhear—whatIsaid Andso,tomakeyouunderstand—oh,Keith,itwas awful,butI—Ipretendedthat–” “You—darling!”breathedanimpassionedvoiceinherear “Oh,howIloveyou, loveyou—forthat!” “Oh,but,Keith,itreallywasawfulofme,”shecried,blushingandlaughing,as sheemergedfromhisembrace “Susantoldmetodefythe‘properties’and—and Ididit.” “Susan!” Shenodded “That’showIknew—forsure—thatyoucared.” “AndsoIoweitall—evenmy—er—proposalofmarriage,toSusan,”he banteredmischievously “Keith,IdidNOT—er—itwasnotaproposalofmarriage.” “No?Butyou’regoingtomarryme,aren’tyou?” Herchincameup “I—IshallwaittillI’masked,”sheretortedwithdignity “Hm-m;well,Ireckonit’ssafetosayyou’llbeasked AndsoIoweitallto Susan Well,itisn’tthefirstgoodthingI’veowedtoher—blessherheart!And she’sequalto‘mostanything ButI’llwager,inthiscase,thatevenSusanhad somestunttoperform Howdidshedoit?” “Shetoldmethatyou—youthoughtyourfatherandIcaredforeachother,and that—thatyoucaredforme;butthatyouwereverybraveandweregoingtogo away,and—leaveustoourhappiness Then,whenshefoundtherewasnothing totheotherpartofit,andthatI—Icaredforyou,she—well,Idon’tknowhow shedidit,butshesaid—well,Ididit That’sall.” Keithchuckled “Exactly!Youcouldn’thavedescribeditbetter We’vealwaysdonewhatSusan wantedusto,andwenevercouldtellwhy We—wejustdidit That’sall And, oh,I’msogladyoudidthis,littlegirl,soglad!” “Yes,but–”Shedrewawayfromhimalittle,andhervoicebecameseverely accusing “KeithBurton,you—youshouldhavedoneityourself,andyouknow it.” Heshookhishead “Icouldn’t.”Aswiftshadowfelllikeacloudoverhiscountenance “Darling, evennow—Dorothy,doyoufullyrealizewhatyouaredoing?Allyourlifetobe tied–” “Hush!”Herfingerwasonhislipsonlytobekissedtillshetookitaway “I won’tletyoutalklikethataminute—notasingleminute!But,Keith,thereis somethingIwantyoutosay.”Hervoicewashalfpleading,halfwhimsical Her eyes,throughhertears,werestudyinghisface,turnedpartlyawayfromher “Confessionisgoodforthesoul.” “Well?Anythingmore?”Hesmiledfaintly “Yes;onlythistimeit’syou YOU’VEgottodoit.” “I?” “Yes.”Hervoicerangwithfirmdecision “Keith,Iwanttoknowwhy—whyall thistimeyou’veactedso—sothatIhadtofindoutthroughSusanthatyou— cared AndIwanttoknow—whenyoustoppedhatingme And–” “Dorothy—Inever,neverhatedyou!”cutinthemanpassionately “Butyouactedasifyoudid Why,you—youwouldn’tletmecomenearyou, andyouwereso—angrywithme.” “Yes,I—know.”Themanfellbackinhischairandwassilent Therewasalongminuteofwaiting “Keith.” “Yes,dear.” “Iconfessedmine,andyourscan’tbeanyharderthan—minewas.” Stillhehesitated;then,withalongbreathhebegantospeak “Dorothy,it—it’sjustthatI’vehadsomuchtofight And—ithasn’tbeeneasy But,listen,dear IthinkI’velovedyoufromawaybackinthedayswhenyou woreyourhairintwothickpigtailsdownyourback YouknowIwasonly fourteenwhen—whentheshadowsbegantocome Oneday,awaybackthen,I sawyoushudderonceat—blindness WeweretalkingaboutoldJoeHarrington AndIneverforgotit.” “ButitwasonlybecauseIpitiedhim.” “Yes;butIthoughtthenthatitwasmoreaversion Yousaidyoucouldn’tbearto lookatthem AndyouseeIfeared,eventhen,thatIwasgoingtobelikeoldJoe sometime.” “Oh,Keith!” “Well,itcame IwaslikeoldJoe—blind AndIknewthatIwastheobjectof curiosityandpity,and,Ibelieved,aversion,whereverIwent And,oh,Isohated it!Ididn’twanttobestaredat,andpointedout,andpitied Ididn’twanttobe different AndaboveallIdidn’twanttoknowthatyouwereturningawayfrom meinaversionanddisgust.” “Oh,Keith,Keith,asifIevercould!”falteredthegirl “Ithoughtyoucould—andwould Iusedtopictureyouallinthedark,asIused toseeyouwithyourbrighteyesandprettyhair,andIcouldseethelookonyour faceasyouturnedawayshuddering That’swhenIdeterminedatallcoststo keepoutofyoursight—untilIshouldbewellagain Iwasgoingtobewell,of course,then,youknow Well,intimeIwentWest,andonthewayImet—Miss Stewart.” “Yes.”Dorothy’svoicewasnotquitesteady “IlikedMissStewart Shewaswonderfullygoodtome Atfirst—atthevery first—shegavemequiteastart Hervoicesoundedsomuchlike—Dorothy Parkman’s ButverysoonIforgotthat,andjustgavemyselfuptotheenjoyment ofhercompanionship Iwasn’tafraidwithher—thathereyeswereturnedaway inaversionanddisgust Someway,Ijustknewthatshewasn’tlike—Dorothy Parkman Yousee,Ihadn’tforgottenDorothy SomedayIwasgoingbacktoher —seeing “Well,youknowwhathappened—theoperations,thespecialists,theyearsof waiting,thetriptoLondon,thenhome,hopelesslyblind Itwasnoteasythen, Dorothy,but—Itriedtobeaman MostofallIfeltfor—dad He’dhadsomany hopes—But,nevermind;and,anyhow,whatSusansaidtheotherdayhelped— Butthishasnothingtodowithyou,dear Togoon:Igaveyouupthen definitely IknowthatallthewhileI’dbeenhavingyoubackinmymind,young asIwas—thatsomedayIwasgoingtobebigandstrongandrichandhavemy eyes;andthatthenIwasgoingtoaskyoutomarryme ButwhenIgothome, hopelesslyblind,thatendedit Ididn’tbelieveyouwouldhaveme,anyway;but evenifyouwould,Iwasn’tgoingtogiveyouthechanceofalwayshavingto turnawayinaversionanddisgustfromthesightofyourhusband.” “Oh,Keith,howcouldyou!” “Icouldn’t ButyouseehowIfelt Then,onedayIheardMissStewart’svoice inthehall,and,oh,howgooditsoundedtome!IthinkImusthavecaughther handverymuchasthedrowningmangraspsatthestraw SHEwouldneverturn awayfromme!WithherIfeltsafe,happy,andatpeace Idon’tthinkIexactly understoodmystateofmindmyself Ididn’tthinkIwasinlovewithher,yet withherIwashappy,andIwasneverafraid “ButIdidn’thaveachancelongtoquestion Almostatoncecamethedaywhen MazieSanbornranupthestepsandspoke—toyou AndIknew Mywhole worldseemedtumblingtodestructioninoneblindingcrash Youcannever know,dear,howutterlydismayedandangryandhelplessIfelt AllthatIknew wasthatformonthsandmonthsIhadletDorothyParkmanreadtome,playwith me,andtalktome—thatIhadbeeneagertotakeallthetimeshewouldgiveme; whenallthewhileshehadbeendoingitoutofpity,ofcourse,andIcouldsee justhowshemusthavebeenshudderingandturningawayhereyesallthelong, longweeksshehadbeenwithme,atdifferenttimes Butevenmorethanthat,if possible,wasthechagrinanddismaywithwhichIrealizedthatallthewhileI hadbeencheatedanddeceivedandmadeafoolof,becauseIwasblind,and couldnotsee Ihadbeentrickedintoputtingmyselfinsuchaposition.” “No,no!Youdidn’tunderstand,”protestedthegirl “Ofcourse,Ididn’tunderstand,dear Nobodywhoisblindedwithrageandhurt pridecanunderstand—anything,rightly.” “Butyouwouldn’tletmeexplainafterwards.” “No,Ididn’twantyoutoexplain Iwastoosore,toodeeplyhurt,too—well,I couldn’t That’sall Besides,Ididn’twantyoutoknow—howmuchIwas caringaboutitall So,alittlelater,whenIdidseeyou,Itriedtotossitalloff lightly,asofnoconsequencewhatever.” “Well,you—succeeded,”commentedDorothydryly “Ihadto,yousee IhadfoundoutthenhowmuchIreallydidcare Iknewthen thatsomehowyouandMissStewartwerehopelesslymixedupinmyheart,and thatIlovedyou,andthattheworldwithoutyouwasgoingtobeonebigdesert oflonelinessandlonging Yousee,ithadnotbeensohardtogiveyouupin imagination;butwhenitcametotherealthing–” “But,Keith,why—whydidyouinsistthatyoumust?” “DoyouthinkI’daskyouoranybodytotieyourselftoahelplesscreaturewho wouldprobablyfinallyenduponastreetcornerwithatincupforpennies? Besides,inyourcase,Ihadnotforgottentheshuddersandtheavertedeyes I stillwassosure– “ThenJohnMcGuirecamehomeblind;andafterawhileIfoundIcouldhelp him And,Dorothy,theniswhenIlearnedthat—thatperhapsYOUwereas happyindoingthingsformeasIhadbeenindoingthemforJohnMcGuire I sortofforgottheshuddersandtheavertedeyesthen Besides,alongaboutthat timewehadgotbacktoalmostouroldfriendliness—thefriendlinessand companionshipofMissStewartandme ThenthemoneycameandIknewthat atleastInevershouldhavetoaskyoutosubsistonwhatthetincupofpennies couldbring!AndIhadalmostbegunto—toactuallyplan,whenallofasudden youstoppedcoming,rightoffshort.” “ButI—Iwentaway,”defendedthegirl,alittlefaintly “Notatonce Youwerehereintownalongtimeafterthat IknewbecauseI usedtohearaboutyou Iwassurethenthat—thatyouhadseenIwascaringfor you,andsoyoustayedaway Besides,itcamebacktomeagain—myoldfearof yourpityandaversion,ofyoureyesturnedaway Yousee,always,dear,that’s beenasortofobsessionwithme,Iguess Ihatetofeelthatanyoneislookingat me—watchingme TomeitseemslikespyingonmebecauseI—Ican’tlook back Yes,Iknowit’sallveryfoolishandverysilly;butweareallfoolishand sillyoversomething It’sbecauseofthatfeelingthatI—Isohatetoentera roomandknowthatsomeoneistherewhowon’tspeak—whotriestocheatme intothinkingIamalone I—Ican’tbearit,Dorothy JustbecauseIcan’tsee them—” “Iknow,Iknow,”noddedthegirl “Well,inDecemberyouwentaway Oh,I knewwhenyouwent IknewalotofthingsthatYOUdidn’tknowIknew ButI wastryingallthosedaystoputyouquiteoutofmymind,andIbusiedmyself withJohnMcGuireandtoldmyselfthatIwassatisfiedwithmywork;thatIhad putyouentirelyoutofmylife “ThenyoucamebackinFebruary,andIknewIhadn’t IknewIlovedyoumore thanever Justatfirst,theveryfirst,Ithoughtyouhadcomebacktome ThenI saw—thatitwasdad AfterthatItried—oh,youdon’tknowhowhardItried— tokillthatwickedloveinmyheart Why,darling,nothingwouldhavehiredme toletyouseeitthen Letdadknowthathislovingyouhurtme?Faildadthere, asIhadfailedhimeverywhereelse?Iguessnot!ThiswassomethingICOULD Icouldlethimhaveyou,andnever,neverlethimknow SoIburiedmyself inworkandtriedto—forget “Thento-dayyoucame Atthefirstsoundofyourvoiceinthere,whenIrealized whatyouweresaying(todad,Isupposed),Istartedupandwouldhavegone ThenIwasafraidyouwouldseemepassthewindow,andthatitwouldbeworse ifIwentthanifIstayed Besides,rightawayIheardwordsthatmademeso weakwithjoyandamazementthatmykneesbentundermeandIhadtosit down Andthen—butyouknowtherest,dear.” “Yes,Iknowtherest;andI’lltellyou,sometime,whyI—Istoppedcominglast fall.” “Allright;buteventhatdoesn’tmattertomenow;fornow,inspiteofmyblind eyes,thewaylooksallrosyahead Why,dear,it’slikethedawn–thedawnofa newday AndIusedtosolovethedawn!Youdon’tknow,butyearsago,with dad,I’dgocampinginthewoods,andsometimeswe’dstayallnightonthe mountain Ilovedthat,forinthemorningwe’dwatchthesuncomeupandflood theworldwithlight Anditseemedsowonderful,afterthedark!Andit’slike thatwithmeto-day,dear It’smydawn—thedawnofanewday Andit’sso wonderful—afterthedark!” “Oh,Keith,I’msoglad!And,listen,dear It’snotonlydawnforyou,butforall thoseblindboysdowntherethatyouarehelping Youhaveopenedtheireyesto thedawnofTHEIRnewday Don’tyousee?” Keithdrewinhisbreathwithalittlecatch “HaveI?DoyouthinkIhave?Oh,Ishouldliketothink—that Idon’tknow,of course,aboutthem ButIdoknowaboutmyself AndIknowit’sthemost wonderfuldawneverwasforme AndIknowthatwithyourlittlehandinmine I’llwalkfearlesslystraighton,withmychinup AndnowthatIknowdad doesn’tcare,andthatheisn’tgoingtobeunhappyaboutmylovingyouand yourlovingme,Ihaven’teventhattofear.” “And,oh,Keith,think,thinkwhatitwouldhavebeenif—ifIhadn’tdefiedthe ‘properties,’”shefalteredmistily “DearoldSusan—blessherheart!Andthatisn’tallIoweher Somethingshe saidtheotherdaymademehopethatmaybeIhadn’tevenquitefailed—dad AndIsowantedtomakegood—fordad!” “Andyou’vedoneit,Keith.” “Butmaybehe—hedoesn’tthinkso.” “Buthedoes Hetoldme.” “HeTOLDyou!” “Yes—lastnight Hesaidthatoncehehadgreatplansforyou,greatambitions, 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