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No matter what it means, don't ask, don't speak, don't think about
it. He is not to be followed, checked, or stopped. Come back !" The
old man looked at her in wonder, as she writhed and clung about
him; and, borne down by her passion, suffered her to drag him into
the house. It was not until she had chained and double-locked the
door, fastened every bolt and bar with the heat and fury of a
maniac, and drawn him back into the room, that she turned upon him,
once again, that stony look of horror, and, sinking down into a
chair, covered her face and shuddered, as though the hand of death
were on her. CHAPTER VI Beyond all measure astonished by the
strange occurrences which had passed with so much violence and
rapidity, the locksmith gazed upon the shuddering figure in the
chair like one half stupefied, and would have gazed much longer,
had not his tongue been loosened by compassion and humanity. " You
are ill," said Gabriel. " Let me call some neighbour in." " Not for
the world," she rejoined, motioning to him with her trembling hand,
and still holding her face averted. " It is enough that you have
been by to see this." " Nay, more than enough?or less," said
Gabriel. " Be it so," she returned. "As you like. Ask me no
questions, I entreat you." " Neighbour," said the locksmith, after
a pause. " Is this fair, or reasonable, or just to yourself? Is it
like you, who have known me so long and sought my advice in all
matters?like you, who from a girl have had a strong mind and a
staunch heart ? " " I have had need of them," she replied. " I am
growing old, both in years and care. Perhaps that, and too much
trial, have made them weaker than they used to be. Do not speak to
me." " How can I see what I have seen, and hold my peace?" returned
the locksmith. "W...
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