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TYLKEY HALL. 207

tiently.

" What I desire to know concerns the past rather

than the future, so you may spare your palmistry."

'*'

My thoughts glance backwards as well as yours/' said

the woman, " and have as little to do with palmistry.

Tell me, Walter Tyrrel, is it becoming that I and my

child, my foster-child, should meet without a greeting ?

If I claimed an embrace even, it might be my due."

tc

There it is then," said the Creole, extending his hand

to her, which she covered with kisses.

" I am a poor fond woman," she said, " and my doting

memory will fly back to the time when you hung smiling

on my bosom, or lay sleeping on my knees."

"

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