Excerpt from The Good Citizen, Vol. 1: A Temperance Magazine; May, 1861
For a long time after the occurrence at the party, Reid and Barron refrained from visiting our house, both being evidently ashamed of their misadventure. Not so with Merwyn, who seemed to have gained new boldness from the circumstance, and who became my constant vis itor. This I did not check, for I found that he grew more and more agreeable on every visit, and indeed, before I knew how it was done, I found myself under an engagement of marriage to the prosperous lawyer. This my mother did not object to - the match was in a worldly 'point of view, quite suitable; and had she disliked it, there would not have been any difference, since I was self-willed, from education and nature, and myself and fortune were under my own control. I became betrothed then with the approval of my mother, but to my step-father's great chagrin. On learning it he even overcome his dread of my stinging tongue, so far as to grumble for an hour or so, and to prophecy all kind of evil in case the marriage took place. To all of this I turned a deaf ear. The testiness of my step father had become quite a thing of course. The reasons that he gave for his dislike I laughed at. I felt that I was the best judge of my own hap piness. Besides, it was impossible so long as I daily beheld Frederick, and heard the thrilling music of his voice, to feel any fear for the future. I was wrapped up in a delirium of utter love and admiration.
Thus matters stood when I received a visit one morning from Reid. I was engaged about some matter with my dress-maker and denied myself; but he sent so urgent a request to see me, that I finally went down to the drawing room. I had scarcely entered when he rose and advanced eagerly to meet me, apologizing as he did so for the urgency of his desire to see me, alleging that this was a parting visit.
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