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1920. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII JUST as it had seemed to Minnie
impossible that a man like John could love a girl like Irene, so it
had seemed to John that Irene, whom of course he idealized, could
not possibly care for a brute like Hen Maus. Therefore, while he
had suffered some bitter moments from Irene's open friendliness
with Henry, he had not been seriously concerned about it. His
discovery, however, of Minnie's love for himself had made him ready
to credit any other unexpected development of his own
thoughtlessness; so that Irene's written statement that Henry was
her "Choise" and that to try to win her away from him would be
wasted effort, fell upon John's stunned heart with the finality of
death. Incomprehensible as it was that a splendid creature like
Irene could so lower herself, he could neither doubt it nor fight
it. Had it not been for Minnie he would have fought it--would have
taken his chances and pitched in--to the death; but the thought of
the mortal hurt he would inflict upon Minnie stayed him. He simply
could not, on a mere fighting chance, wound that tender young heart
that trusted him so absolutely. She deserved better at his hands.
It was a very bitter struggle that he waged with himself before he
finally renounced all hope of ever realizing in this world the
ecstasy and fullness of love, and accepted in its place the dull
and meagre satisfaction of mere friendship. For he was convinced
that with his loss of Irene happiness for him was eternally dead;
that hereafter he must walk in shadow; the hunger of his heart and
body always, always unsatisfied. A door of his soul was closed and
locked, never to be opened; for the key was in the keeping of the
girl he had lost. But with all the strength of his will he resolved
that never while he lived should Minnie...
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