“I would be so tender, so loving, Douglas,”
he started and leaned forward in his chair, holding his hands to his temples, and cried,
“Can’t you help me to think what that reminds me of?”
Alice rose from the piano, flushing a pink as sweet and delicate as that of the roses in her belt. She came forward a few paces and then stopped, bent slightly toward him, with folded hands. In her long, white, clinging drapery, with her gold hair making the dim room bright, with her red lips parted in a tender but solemn smile, with something like a halo about her of youth and purity and ardor, she was a sight so beautiful that Arthur Farnham as he gazed up at her felt his heart grow heavy with an aching consciousness of her perfection that seemed to remove her forever from his reach. But the thought that was setting her pulses to beating was as sweetly human as that of any bride since Eve. She was saying to herself in the instant she stood motionless before him, looking like a pictured angel, “I know now what he means. He loves me. I am sure of him. I have a right to give myself to him.”
She held out her hands. He sprang up and seized them.
“Come,” she said, “I know what you are trying to remember, and I will make you remember it.”
He was not greatly surprised, for love is a dream, and dreams have their own probabilities. She led him to a sofa and seated him beside her. She put her arms around his neck and pressed his head to her beating heart, and said in a voice as soft as a mother’s to an ailing child, “My beloved, if you will live, I will be so good to you.” She kissed him and said gently,
“Now do you remember?”
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