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“Are you going to listen to her ravings?” I said passionately.
“She does not know what she says. Will you ruin her, because she
has not wit to help herself? Get up! You could be free instantly.
That is the most diabolical deed that ever you did. We are all done
for--master, mistress, and servant.”

I wrung my hands, and cried out; and Mr. Linton hastened his
step at the noise. In the midst of my agitation, I was sincerely glad
to observe that Catherine’s arms had fallen relaxed, and her head
hung down.

“She’s fainted, or dead,” I thought; “so much the better. Far
better that she should be dead, than lingering a burden and a
misery-maker to all about her.”

Edgar sprang to his unbidden guest, blanched with
astonishment and rage. What he meant to do, I cannot tell;
however, the other stopped all demonstrations, at once, by placing
the lifeless-looking form in his arms.

“Look there!” he said; “unless you be a fiend, help her first--
then you shall speak to me!”

He walked into the parlour, and sat down. Mr. Linton
summoned me, and with great difficulty, and after resorting to
many means, we managed to restore her to sensation; but she was
all bewildered; she sighed, and moaned, and knew nobody. Edgar,
in his anxiety for her, forgot her hated friend. I did not. I went, at
the earliest opportunity, and besought him to depart; affirming
that Catherine was better, and he should hear from me in the
morning how she passed the night.

“I shall not refuse to go out of doors,” he answered; “but I shall
stay in the garden; and, Nelly, mind you keep your word
tomorrow. I shall be under those larch trees. Mind! or I pay

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