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person.’ ‘Just so. Grace Poole-you have guessed it. She is, as you
Well, I shall reflect on the subject. Meantime, I am glad that you are
the only person, besides myself, acquainted with the precise details
of to-night’s incident. You are no talking fool: say nothing about it.
I will account for this state of affairs’ (pointing to the bed): ‘and
now return to your own room. I shall do very well on the sofa in
the library for the rest of the night. It is near four:- in two hours the
servants will be up.’ ‘Good-night, then, sir,’ said I, departing.
He seemed surprised-very inconsistently so, as he had just told me
‘What!’ he exclaimed, ‘are you quitting me already, and in that
way?’ ‘You said I might go, sir.’
‘But not without taking leave; not without a word or two of
acknowledgment and good-will: not, in short, in that brief, dry
fashion. Why, you have saved my life!- snatched me from a
horrible and excruciating death! and you walk past me as if we
were mutual strangers! At least shake hands.’ He held out his
hand; I gave him mine: he took it first in one, then in both his own.
‘You have saved my life: I have a pleasure in owing you so
immense a debt. I cannot say more. Nothing else that has being
would have been tolerable to me in the character of creditor for
such an obligation: but you: it is different;- I feel your benefits no
burden, Jane.’ He paused; gazed at me: words almost visible
trembled on his lips,- but his voice was checked.
‘Good-night again, sir. There is no debt, benefit, burden,
obligation, in the case.’ ‘I knew,’ he continued, you would do me
good in some way, at some time;- I saw it in your eyes when I first
beheld you: their expression and smile did not’(again he stopped)-
‘did not’ (he proceeded hastily) ‘strike delight to my very inmost
heart so for nothing. People talk of natural sympathies; I have
heard of good genii: there are grains of truth in the wildest fable.
My cherished preserver, goodnight!’ Strange energy was in his
voice, strange fire in his look.
‘I am glad I happened to be awake,’ I said: and then I was going.
‘What! you will go?’ ‘I am cold, sir.’ ‘Cold? Yes,- and standing in a
pool! Go, then, Jane; go!’ But he still retained my hand, and I could
not free it. I bethought myself of an expedient.
‘I think I hear Mrs. Fairfax move, sir,’ said I.
‘Well, leave me’: he relaxed his fingers, and I was gone.
I regained my couch, but never thought of sleep. Till morning
dawned I was tossed on a buoyant but unquiet sea, where billows
of trouble rolled under surges of joy. I thought sometimes I saw
beyond its wild waters a shore, sweet as the hills of Beulah; and