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A New England country road in winter permits only two to walk
abreast. " Come with mamma, Dorothy dear," said Dolly, after the
first words of greeting and presentation were over. But Dorothy,
with a child's not unusual preference for male society, clung shyly
to her new acquisition, and Paul found himself following the tall,
slender figure of Miss Frazer with a small mittened hand in his. As
often happens before taking a single step toward any real knowledge
of a new acquaintance, he was instantly conscious of liking Miss
Frazer. She had given him her hand cordially, and greeted him with
a frank smile from her gray, fearless eyes, but her whole manner
was instinct with a quiet dignity, ? the reserve which attracts
rather than repels. But his thoughts were still occupied with
Dolly's affairs, and had he never seen Miss Frazer again he would
probably have said that she made no particular impression upon him.
A branch road sloped steeply down to the plain below where, veiled
in the bluish smoke from its chimneys and the mist of the morning
sun, layWestford; and from the deep valley beyond, where the river
ran hidden from view, came the shrill whistle of an engine. "
Dolly," said Paul suddenly, " I have some rather important matters
to talk over with Temple. What should you say to my inviting him up
for the night ?" Dolly turned and looked at him hesitatingly. "
There's a train that leaves New York at three o'clock which would
bring him here for dinner. That will give him time enough, if the
telegram finds him and he can come." " Why certainly," Dolly
reph'ed, recovering herself. " We will hurry back and send to the
office at once." " No, if you don't mind I will go myself now. It
will save time, and there 's none to lose. I would ask you to go
with me," he said, ...
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