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"Peter!" gasped Margaret--"_Peter!_"
But Peter made no answer, only he who had been red of face went white,
so that the mark of the sword-cut across his cheek showed like a scarlet
line upon a cloth.
"Peter!" repeated Margaret, pulling at her hand which he still held, "do
you know what you have done?"
"It seems that you do, so what need is there for me to tell you?" he
"Then it was not an accident; you really meant it, and you are not
"If it was, I hope that I may meet with more such accidents."
"Peter, leave go of me. I am going to tell my father, at once."
His face brightened.
"Tell him by all means," he said; "he won't mind. He told me----"
"Peter, how dare you add falsehood to--to--you know what. Do you mean to
say that my father told you to kiss me, and at six o'clock in the
"He said nothing about kissing, but I suppose he meant it. He said that
I might ask you to marry me."
"That," replied Margaret, "is a very different thing. If you had asked
me to marry you, and, after thinking it over for a long while, I had
answered Yes, which of course I should not have done, then, perhaps,
before we were married you might have--Well, Peter, you have begun at
the wrong end, which is very shameless and wicked of you, and I shall
never speak to you again."
"I daresay," said Peter resignedly; "all the more reason why I should
speak to you while I have the chance. No, you shan't go till you have
heard me. Listen. I have been in love with you since you were twelve
"That must be another falsehood, Peter, or you have gone mad. If you had
been in love with me for eleven years, you would have said so."
"I wanted to, always, but your father refused me leave. I asked him
fifteen months ago, but he put me on my word to say nothing."
"To say nothing--yes, but he could not make you promise to show
"I thought that the one thing meant the other; I see now that I have
been a fool, and, I suppose, have overstayed my market," and he looked
so depressed that Margaret relented a little.
"Well," she said, "at any rate it was honest, and of course I am glad
that you were honest."
"You said just now that I told falsehoods--twice; if I am honest, how
can I tell falsehoods?"
"I don't know. Why do you ask me riddles? Let me go and try to forget
"Not till you have answered me outright. Will you marry me, Margaret? If
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