protecting her and making her glad. The tired child should find rest and peace in my arms. To think of how she had been exposed to the noise and the heat
and the glare of the fierce work-a-day world! Ah, Veronika, Veronika, I wanted, late as it was, to return and pour out the yearning of my spirit at your feet. Why had I left her at all? Each heart-beat seemed to speak her name. And when the knowledge that in a fortnight we were really going to be married, that I was really going to have the right to be to her what I wished—when that knowledge flashed in upon me, I had to turn away lest it should overwhelm me. I could not contemplate it any more than I could have gazed straight 找深圳按摩保健qq upon the sun.—Finally I fell asleep and dreamed that I was seated at her side, caressing her brow and emptying my life into her eyes.
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“Has Miss Pathzuol gone out yet?” I asked the janitress who let me in.
“I have not seen her,” she answered. “But she may have done so without my noticing.”
I ran up the stairs and rang Veronika’s bell.—No response.—I rang again.—Again no response.—A third ring, with waning hope of success: and, “So,” I thought, “I am too late.”
Disappointed, I was retracing my steps down the staircase. I stood aside to let some one pass.
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“Never mind,” he said, “but come back with me and have a cup of coffee. I have been out all night, struggling with an obstinate little aria. I will play it for you.”
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Tikulski went after the coffee apparatus; presently returned, arranged it on the table, and applied a match to the lamp.
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Again he went away—to fetch his instrument.
He was gone a long while. The water began
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At last I lost patience. Stepping to the threshold, I called his name. At first he did not answer.
“Mr. Tikulski!” I repeated.
I seemed to hear—no, certainly did hear—his voice, low, inarticulate, down at the other end of the hallway. It alarmed me. Had he met with an accident? hurt himself? fainted after the night’s vigil? paralysis? apoplexy? I hastened toward him, entered the room whence his voice had sounded. There he stood. He stood 深圳桑拿真空走秀视频 in the center of the floor, immobile as a statue, his face livid, his attitude that of a man who has seen a ghost.
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