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they had every opportunity of intimate friendship, sympathy, whatever you like to call itwho could doubt what would happen? The more so, as there was no one to suggest that it might happen; no one to watch them or warn them, or waken them with worldly-minded hints; or else to rise up, after the fashion of so many wise parents and guardians and well-intentioned friends, and indignantly shut the stable-door after the steed is stolen.

No. That something which was so sure to happen, had happened; you might have seen it in their eyes, have heard it in the very tone of their voices, though they still talked in a very commonplace way, and still called each other “Miss Williams” and “Mr. Roy." In fact, their whole demeanour to one another was characterized by the grave and even formal decorum which was natural to very reserved people, just trembling on the verge of that discovery which will unlock the heart of each to the other, and annihilate reserve for ever between the two whom heaven has designed and meant to become one; a completed existence. If by any mischance this does not come about, each may lead a very creditable and not unhappy life; but it will be a locked-up life, one to which no third person is ever likely to find the key.

Whether such natures are to be envied or pitied is more than I can say ; but at least they are more to be respected than the people who wear their hearts upon their sleeves for daws to peck at, and very often are all the prouder the more they are pecked at, and the more elegantly they bleed; which was not likely to be the case with either of these young folks, young as they


They were young, and youth is always interesting and even comely; but beyond that there was nothing remarkable about either. He was Scotch; she English, or rather Welsh. She had the clear blue Welsh eye, the funny retroussé Welsh nose; but with the prettiest little mouth underneath it, firm, close, and sweet; full of sensitiveness, but a sensitiveness that was controlled and guided by that best possession to either man or woman, a good strong will. No one could doubt that the young governess had, what was a very useful thing to a governess, “a will of her own;" firm, though neither domineering nor obnoxious, which indeed is seldom will at all, but merely obstinacy.

For the rest, Miss Williams was a little woman, or gave the impression of being so, from her slight figure and delicate hands and feet. I doubt if any one would have called her pretty, until he or she had learnt to love her. For there are two distinct kinds of love, one in which the eye instructs the heart, and the other in which the heart informs and guides the eye. There have been men who, seeing an unknown beautiful face, have felt sure it implied the most beautiful soul in the world, pursued it, worshipped it, wooed and won it, found the fancy true, and loved the woman for ever. Other men there are who would simply say, “I don't know if such an one is handsome or not; I only know she is herself and mine." Both loves are good; nay, it is difficult to say which is best. But the latter would be the most likely with any one who became attached to Fortune Williams.

Also, perhaps, to Robert Roy, though no one expects good looks in his sex; indeed, they are mostly rather objectionable. Women do not usually care for a very handsome man; and men are prone to set him down as conceited. No one could lay either charge to Mr. Roy. He was only an honest-looking Scotchman, tall, and strong, and manly. Not “red,” in spite of his name, but dark-skinned and dark-haired; in no way resembling his great namesake, Rob Roy Macgregor, as the boys sometimes called him behind his back-never to his face. Gentle as the young man was, there was something about him which effectually prevented any one's taking the smallest liberty with him. Though he had been a teacher of boys ever since he was seventeen-and I have heard one of the fraternity confess that it is almost impossible to be a schoolmaster for ten years without becoming a tyrant - still it was a pleasant and sweettempered face.

Very far from a weak face, though: when Mr. Roy said a thing must be done, every one of his boys knew it must be done, and there was no use saying any more about it.

He had unquestionably that rare gift, the power of authority; though this did not necessarily imply self-control; for some people can rule everybody except themselves. But Robert Roy's clear, calm, rather sad eye, and a certain patient expression about the mouth, implied that he had had enough of the hard training of life to be able to govern himself. And that is more difficult to a man than to a woman.

All thy passions matched with mine
Are as moonlight unto sunlight, or as water unto wine.”

A truth, which even Fortune's tender heart did not fully take in, deep as was her sympathy for him ; for his toilsome, lonely life, lived more in shadow than in sunshine, and with every temptation to the selfishness which is so apt to follow self-dependence, and the bitterness that to a proud spirit so often makes the sting of

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