“And you are now to marry him?”
He turned a shade paler. “You know it?” he gasped.
“I know it, but not the time,” she answered. And as he hesitated, silent and appalled, “Come,” she continued, “the truth, Father. And then I will tell you what I am going to do.”
“At sunset,” he muttered, “I am to be there.”
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He protested feebly. He knew something of that which had gone before, something of her history, something of her passion for the Captain of Vlaye; and he was sure that she was not bent on good. “I dare not!” he said, “I dare not, sister! You ask too much.”
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“But you–you want to go?”
“If I go with you, what is that to you?”
“But what, Father, but what?”
“You want something of me?” he faltered. He was not to be deceived. “Something dangerous, I know it!”
“I want your company to the door of the room where she lies,” the Abbess replied. “That is all. You have leave to visit her? Do not”–overwhelming him with swift fierce words–“deny it. Do 长沙桑拿按摩论坛社区 not tell me that you have not! Think you I do not know you, Father? Think you I do not know how well you are with him, how late you sit with him, how deep you drink with him, when he lacks better company? And that this–though you are frightened now, and would fain be clear of it, knowing who she is–is the
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“Never! Never!” he protested, paler than before.
“Father,” she retorted, stooping forward and speaking low, “be warned. Be warned! Get you a foot in the other camp while you may! You are over-well fed for the dry crust and the sack bed of the bishop’s prison! You drink too much red wine to take kindly to the moat puddle! And that not for months, but for years and years! Have you not heard of men who lay forgotten, 长沙桑拿哪里便宜 ay, forgotten even by their gaoler at last, until they starved in the bishop’s prison? The bishop’s prison, Father!” she continued cruelly. “Who comes out thence, but the rats, and they fat? Who comes out thence—-”
“Don’t! Don’t!” the priest cried, his complexion mottled, his flabby cheeks trembling with fear
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“Go with me to her door–that I may gain admission. Then, whether you go to him or not, your silence, for one half-hour.”