迎峰度冬 电力供应总体宽松

bzRTe-news 发布时间: 2020-07-13 11:32:41

“宏利团队北京赛车计划”“Shallwegointotheball-room?”hesaid,quietly.

Therewasalightinthehut,andatthesoundoftheapproachinghorse,MotherMelindacametothedoorwithhercandleheldaboveherhead.AsitsraysfelluponEsmeraldasheutteredashriekanddroppedthecandle.ThenextinstantEsmeraldawasinherarms,andthetwowomenweresobbing,laughing,andexclaimingasonlywomencan.

“Areyouverytired?”heaskedafteratime.Hetoohadbeenthinking,andAda’spassionatesorrowanddesperateappealwerestillringinginhisears.Thenhedeterminedtoputallthoughtofherawayfromhim—andforever.Allhislifeforthefutureshouldbedevotedtothisgirl-wifeofhis,thisbeautiful,innocentgirlwholovedhimandwhohadtrustedherselftohim.Hispastwasoverandburied,andthefuturelookedbright,notwithstandingAda,forhewaswiseenoughtoknowthatnomancouldlivewithsuchaoneasEsmeraldawithoutcomingtoloveher.“Areyouverytired?Iamafraidthatithasbeenanextremelytryingday,”hesaid;and,almostunconsciously,histonewastenderandlover-like.Traffordwentoutintothedarkness,feelinglikeamanwhohadbeensmittenbyamortalillness.Hisbrainwasina[192]whirl;thewholethingseemedlikeahideousnightmare.HedidnotaskhimselfhowEsmeraldahaddiscoveredthetruth;itneveroccurredtohimthatshemighthaveoverheardLadyAda’swildwords;hethoughtthat,perhaps,somefoolofawomanhadbeentalkingtoher,andopeninghereyes.

Anansweringneighcamefrombehindthetreesinfrontofher,andanotherhorsetrottedtowardthem.Itwassaddled,butriderless,andEsmeraldapulledup,andlookedfortheowner.

“Ball-dresses?”saidEsmeralda;“butIcan’tdance!”

“Idon’tknow—andIdon’tcare!”saidEsmeralda,withfineindifference.“MayIhavesomemorepudding?”

HewouldhavedashedofftoBelfayrethenandthere,buthecouldnotleavehismother;andhedidthenextbestthingtogoing—satdownandwrotealettertoTrafford—theletterofacloseanddearfriend—andaddingthatthemomenthecouldleavehismotherhewouldhastentoBelfayreonthechanceofbeingsomeuse.HesenthislovetoEsmeralda,andhis“kindregards”toLilias.Thenhepostedhisletterwithhisownhands,andreturnedtohismother’sbedsidetomourn;forthedukehadalwaysbeenverygoodtohim,andhelovedtheoldman.

“Esmeralda,”hesaid,hoarsely,“youmustbelieveme!Iloveyou,dearest!ForGod’ssake,believeme!Doasyouwillbyme;Iyieldmyself,myfuture,toyou.Itisonlyright;but—butbelieveme—Iloveyou!”

Oneman,aburlyfellowaslargeasTaffy,andevidentlyoneoftheleaders,pushedforwardandlookedupatVarleywithascowlofsurpriseandresentment.Shewasabsent-mindedthismorning,andpaidlittleornoattention;butTraffordheard,andkepthiseyeonthehorse.

“AndLilias,too,”saidTrafford.“Youmusttellmeyoursecretofwinningallhearts,Esmeralda.”

“Idid,”hesaid;“Ithoughthertheloveliestgirlintheworld;butIdon’tnow.”

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