Excerpt from Kirsteen, Vol. 2 of 3: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago
Kirsteen had been walking for hours before she thus came into sight, and the dark and the silence had filled her with many a ﬂutter of terror. It took something from what might have been in other circumstances the overwhelming excitement of thus leaving home to encounter that other bewildering and awful sensation of going out into the night, with every one asleep and all wrapped in the profound blackness of winter, through which it was hard enough even for the most familiar to find a way. This horror and alarm had so occupied her mind, and the sensation of being the one creature moving and conscious in that world of darkness that she had scarcely realized the severance she was making, the tearing asunder of her life. Even Marg'ret, repressing her emotion lest a sob should catch.
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