say it till I come again.
You know nothing of me, you do not know even who I be; but when next I
come, I promise that ye shall know as much of me as I myself know, and
then, Bertrade, my Bertrade, if you can then say, 'I love you' no power
on earth, or in heaven above, or hell below shall keep you from being
"I will wait, Roger, for I believe in you and trust you. I do not
understand, but I know that you must have some good reason, though
it all seems very strange to me. If I, a De Montfort, am willing to
acknowledge my love for any man, there can be no reason why I should
not do so, unless," and she started at the sudden thought, wide-eyed and
paling, "unless there be another woman, a--a--wife?"
"There is no other woman, Bertrade," said Norman of Torn. "I have
no wife; nor within the limits of my memory have my lips ever before
touched the lips of another, for I do not remember my mother."
She sighed a happy little sigh of relief, and laughing lightly, said:
"It is some old woman's bugaboo that you are haling out of a dark corner
of your imagination to frighten yourself with. I do not fear, since I
know that you must be all good. There be no line of vice or deception
upon your face and you are very brave. So brave and noble a man, Roger,
has a heart of pure gold."
"Don't," he said, bitterly. "I cannot endure it. Wait until I come again
and then, oh my flower of all England, if you have it in your heart
to speak as you are speaking now, the sun of my happiness will be at
zenith. Then, but not before, shall I speak to the Earl, thy father.
Farewell, Bertrade, in a few days I return."
"If you would speak to the Earl on such a subject, you insolent young
puppy, you may save your breath," thundered an angry voice, and Simon de
Montfort strode, scowling, into the room.
The girl paled, but not from fear of her father, for the fighting blood
of the De Montforts was as strong in her as in her sire. She faced
him with as brave and resolute a face as did the young man, who turned
slowly, fixing De Montfort with level gaze.
"I heard enough of your words as I was passing through the corridor,"
continued the latter, "to readily guess what had gone before. So it
is for this that
JIMMY LANDS ONE.Page 20
A girl had come into his life for an instant, and had gone out again, doubtless forever, and yet in that instant Jimmy Torrance had taken a new grasp upon his self-esteem.Page 42
vice," suggested Harriet.Page 48
For some time past there had been insidiously working its way into his mind a vast contempt for the pugilistic prowess of Young Brophy.Page 63
Bince for anything in the way of information you require, and Harold, when Mr.Page 64
" He hoped that the door to Compton's office was securely closed.Page 66
"Watch your step, young lady," he said as he turned and walked away.Page 68
"Oh, I guess he will," said Jimmy, and a moment later he knocked at Bince's office door.Page 69
" Jimmy turned and left the room.Page 70
After an evening with the little volume he had purchased for twenty-five cents in the second-hand bookshop he ordered changes that enabled him to cut five men from the pay-roll and at the same time do the work more expeditiously and efficiently.Page 76
" "What do you mean?" asked Bince, "We can get rid of this Torrance guy and get the records, too.Page 83
Well, let's forget our troubles.Page 84
And he realized as he looked at her sweet girlish face upon which vice had left no slightest impression to mark her familiarity with vice, that it might be easy to forget her past.Page 88
evidence that there is such a man in our employ.Page 96
Compton had in his desk.Page 97
"I saw him again when he was driving a milk-wagon.Page 99
"I wouldn't even use his name in connection with the thought," Jimmy interrupted; "but he is the only man of whom I know who could have profited by Mr.Page 101
Do you know where he is?" "I guess I could find him," said Carl in a low voice.Page 108
"Sure," he said at last in a blustering tone of voice.Page 114
She smiled tremulously.