The fine music and varied entertainments at the house served also to beguile her time. On one occasion the young people were arranging a series of tableaux, and she was asked to personate Jephtha’s daughter. When the curtain rose on her lovely face and large, dark eyes, the Hebrew maiden and her pathetic history grew into vivid reality against the dim background of the past.
After all, the time that intervened between Monday and Friday afternoon was spent in waiting, and even the hours toward the last were counted. The expression in Graydon’s dark blue eyes was always the same when he greeted her, and recalled the line:
“Kinder than Love is my true friend.”
On Saturdays they took long tramps, seeking objective points far beyond the range of ordinary ramblers.
THE END OF THE WOOING
Madge had often turned wistful eyes toward High Peak, and on the last Saturday before their final return to the city she said to Graydon, “Dare we attempt it? Perhaps if we gave the day to the climb, and took it leisurely—”
“There’s no ‘perhaps’ about it. We’ll go if you wish. I should like nothing better than to get lost with you.”
“There is no danger of getting lost,” she replied, hastily. “The hotel must be visible from the whole line of its summit, and I am told that there is a path to the top of the mountain.”
“I will be ready in half an hour,” he said.
It was a lovely day in early September. The air was soft, yet cool and bracing enough to make climbing agreeable. Graydon had a lunch basket, which he could sling over his shoulder, well filled, and ordered a carriage. “There is no need of our tramping over the intervening miles of dusty roads which must be passed before we begin our climb,” he said, “and the distance we ride will make a pleasant drive for Mary and the children.”