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supposed we had been wandering through the park, and therefore
he demanded no explanation of our absence. As soon as I entered,
I hastened to change my soaked shoes and stockings; but sitting
such a while at the Heights had done the mischief. On the
succeeding morning I was laid up, and during three weeks I
remained incapacitated for attending to my duties--a calamity
never experienced prior to that period, and never, I am thankful to
say, since.

My little mistress behaved like an angel, in coming to wait on
me, and cheer my solitude: the confinement brought me
exceedingly low. It is wearisome, to a stirring active body; but few
have slighter reasons for complaint than I had. The moment
Catherine left Mr. Linton’s room, she appeared at my bed-side.
Her day was divided between us; no amusement usurped a
minute: she neglected her meals, her studies, and her play, and
she was the fondest nurse that ever watched. She must have had a
warm heart, when she loved her father so, to give so much to me.

I said her days were divided between us; but the master retired
early, and I generally needed nothing after six o’clock, thus the
evening was her own.

Poor thing! I never considered what she did with herself after
tea. And though frequently, when she looked in to bid me good-
night, I remarked a fresh colour in her cheeks and a pinkness over
her slender fingers; instead of fancying the hue borrowed from a
cold ride across the moors, I laid it to the charge of a hot fire in the

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