of his insides gushed out, and he tumbled into my lap,
"She flashed upon me one glance of her dark eye. 'I was born for hardship,' said she, 'but--' and a sudden wild shudder seized her, 'but not for crime.'
"The word fell like a drop of blood wrung from her heart.
"'Good heavens!' cried I, 'and must you--'
"'No,' rang from her lips in a clarion-like peal; 'some things cut the very bonds of nature. I am not called upon to cleave to what will drag me into infamy.' Then calmly, as if speaking of the most ordinary matter in the world, 'I shall never go back to that house we have left behind us, sir.'
"'But,' cried I, glancing at her scanty garments, 'where will you go? What will you do? You are young--'
"'And very strong,' she interrupted. 'Do not fear for me.' And her smile was like a burst of sudden sunshine.
"But when in the morning I stumbled upon her sitting in the kitchen reading a book not only above her position but beyond her years, a sudden impulse seized me and I asked her if she would like to be educated. The instantaneous illumining of her whole face was sufficient reply without her low emphatic words,
"'I would be content to study on my knees to know what some women do, whom I have seen.'
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