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CHAPTER III. WOULD THAT BE WRONG, DADDIE DEAR 1 THE amber evening
sunlight danced upon the hundred panes of the handsome conservatory
of a majestic, brown stone mansion on Fifth Avenue, New York City.
It darted and flashed in a myriad sparkling atoms between the
graceful fanlike branches of a small forest of palms, it gleamed
yellow upon the darkly resplendent foliage of the camellia trees,
and the delicately pale green lacework of the maidenhair ferns
turned a mellow gold beneath its kiss. Its fairy touch bronzed the
stately chrysanthemums with a richer and a deeper brown, it bathed
evergreen and aloe and cactus in a flood of rippling sheen, and ran
in dozens of warm, ruddy flecks and streaks upon the marble mosaic
floor. In one corner, where the drawn blinds and the overhanging
foliage of the climbing stepha- notis and of the stately fan palms
afforded a welcome shade, Angel Kershaw swung herself to and fro in
a high, round-backed, old- fashioned rocking-chair. On her right,
Diana, the huntress, drew an arrow from a marble quiver; on her
left, Juno scowled in white stony majesty at a mythical, invisible
Paris. Miss Kershaw was engaged in the unprofitable occupation of
sighing. To sigh implies fear of failure or delay in the
realization of a wish. It implies that some little house of cards,
fancifully and daintily constructed, is in danger of being rudely
blown down. It implies that some bright picture of hope has been
called from dreamland, and found but a pleasurable dream. Now it
would seem strange, to start with, that a young lady so favoured by
kindly nature and by a kindlier fortune, as Angelica Kershaw
doubtlessly was above her sisters, should haveaught to sigh for at
all. She was young, good looking, the admired of all men, the
envied of all women. Di...
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