A Bartered Honour, Vol. 2 of 3

A Bartered Honour, Vol. 2 of 3

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Excerpt from A Bartered Honour, Vol. 2 of 3: A Novel

A cheese-monger from Cheapside, standing where Charles was, would have felt inspired, would have learnt that there are things beyond Cheddar, beauties superior to Chester, and that Stilton is not, and should not be, the ultimate dim Thule of man's aspirations.

Though within a stone's throw Of the Villa Dresda, Charles could never muster courage enough to call again. He lacked the courage, though he earnestly desired to see Euphrosyne. He would Often start from the hotel with the in tention Of going to the Villa, would reach the iron gates of the Baroness's gardens, would stand wist fully looking through the bars, and still could never bring himself to enter. His nervousness never came upon him until he had first reached the gate, and Often he would return a hundred yards or so, and bracing himself up make his way Once more to the Villa, but his courage would then again fail him, and he would return, dejected, to his abode.

It was not till he had been over a week at Sorrento that he met Euphrosyne again. He was lying one morning, with a Homer in his hand, on a grassy bank by the side Of the main road to Massa, lazily watching the dancing ?ight Of some radiant dragon ?ies, skimming the dusty road.

The Homer did not receive much attention, and' who should blame its reader The past is all very Well when the present palls, but when all invites to enjoyment and ease the present should be enjoyed. What day-dreams passed through Charles's head as he gazed wistfully towards the sea, what emblems were suggested, what music faintly echoed in his mind? All the beauty of the world was there, and there only for Euphrosyne.

Euphrosyne was taking a walk alone in that direction, she passed Charles without being noticed although at the time his full eyes were fixed on her. He was thinking of her, she was there, but he did not notice her. It was not till she bowed to him that he started to his feet, with ?ushed cheeks, and with his hair in the wildest confusion. He did not seem to understand for a moment or two, then he laughed and gave her greeting.

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