This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images,
or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the
original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1922. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER L All love transports contain an
element of the ridiculous, I presume, but to each how very
important. I will pass mine over with what I have already said,
save this: that each little variation in her costume, however
slight, in her coiffure, or the way she looked or walked amid new
surroundings, all seemed to re-emphasize the perfection that I had
discovered and was so fortunate as to possess. She gave me her
photograph, which I framed in silver and hung in my room. I begged
for a lock of her hair, and finding a bit of blue ribbon that I
knew belonged to her purloined that. She would not allow me to
visit at Florissant, where she taught, being bashful about
confessing this new relationship, but nevertheless, on several
Sundays when she was at her home "up the State" I visited this
glorious region, hallowed by her presence, and tried to decide for
myself just where she lived and taught-- her sacred rooms A little
later an exposition or State Fair was held in the enormous
exposition building at Fourteenth and Olive streets, and here, when
the Sousa concerts were first on, and later when the gay Veiled
Prophets festivities began (a sort of Roman Harvest rejoicing,
winding up with a great parade and ball), I saw more of her than
ever before. It was during this time, in a letter, that she
confessed that she loved me. Before this, however, seeing that I
made no progress in any other way, being allowed no intimacy beyond
an occasional stolen kiss, I had proposed to her and been accepted
with a kind of morbid formalism. I had had to ask her in the most
definite way and be formally accepted as her affianced husband.
Thereafter I squandered my last cent to purchase a diamond ring at
wholesale, secured through a friend on the Globe, and then indeed I
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