True and Other Stories

True and Other Stories

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Excerpt: ...have made a great mistake, she replied. I am only Adela Reefe, and I cannot be anything else. Did Sylv tell you? I am going away from here. I shall not stay any longer, for I promised to be Dennie's wife, and I am going to marry him as soon as he comes for me. To be Dennie's wife exclaimed Lance, instinctively treating the idea as though he had not heard of it before. Yes; yes; I suppose you are to be. But why should that prevent your being one of us? You will be a kinswoman, a cousin, just the same. Adela gathered herself up, and spoke with resolution. I don't know if you are right, she said, but any way, Mr. Lance, if I am a kinswoman and a cousin, do you think Miss Jessie will want to have me for one? The best that Lance could do was to parry this direct thrust. If you are so, he answered, what difference can her wish make? I will tell you, easy enough, Adela retorted, proudly. It is just that I won't have anything to do with people who don't want me for one of them. If I had ever supposed that coming up here to school would make it seem as if I wanted to do that, I wouldn't have come. Oh, I didn't know all this when I came No, no And I'm sorry I did it. I tried to be grateful to you, Mr. Lance, and I do thank you for your good meaning; but I'm sorry I came. Adela, he said, rather coldly, I can't let you talk in this way. You are proud and angry, and don't know what you're saying. Remember that, whatever happens, I stand by you. I don't want any one to stand by me, she returned. I am all alone, and I will stay so. Suppose you had never come here, Mr. Lance; who would have guessed that I had anything to do with that old English family? I could not have guessed it myself, even. I know you've tried to help me, and now you want to make something different of me from what I always was before. But I'm going back to marry Dennie, and the best thing you can do is to leave me where you found me, and forget all about me. more

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