’ I wanted, as I have never wanted before, to take you up, to make you mine, to carry you off and set you apart from all the strain and turmoil of life. The great ordeal—that which she had most dreaded—had proved to be no ordeal at all. " "Thank'ee,—thank'ee. " "That is a far more agreeable one, I must confess," returned Kneebone, with a self-sufficient smirk. “You’ve interested me enormously. I said, that day at Surbiton, ‘There’s many good things in life, but there’s only one best, and that’s the wild-haired girl who’s pulling away at that oar. This threat terrified Ann Veronica so much that she declared with sobs and vehemence that she would never come home again, and for a time both talked at once and very wildly. If I surprised her, if I saw her alone, I might make her understand. One side of the face was white with foamy lather and the other ruddy-cheeked and blue-jawed. She's not mischievous—and besides she's chained, and can't reach you. “Perhaps you will help me shuffle?” Ann Veronica did, and also assisted nimbly with the arrangements of the rows of eight with which the struggle began. He saw her young and graceful back as she descended from the carriage, severely ignoring him, and recalled a glimpse he had of her face, bright and serene, as his train ran out of Wimbledon.
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