Excerpt from The St. James' Magazine, Vol. 4: October, 1869, to April, 1870
How could he go? Ah, he knew how for very love of her, how because she was dearer to him than any human being had ever been before, or might ever be again, he felt constrained to leave her, and pass on his way lonely and broken-hearted.
He thought himself honest and self-denying, when without a real pang he parted from Madge Forster, but now he understood the difference; comprehended that had he loved Madge as he loved this girl, he could not have gone without some explanation. And then also it came to him that if the attachment he felt for the dear sweet face of her who made home so pleasant at Lang more, had been anything resembling the wild, passionate devo tion he entertained for Joy Alton, his life must have proved different.
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