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1882 Excerpt: ... dear to her than life, for which her heart
plained night and day like a sobbing sick child in its deserted
cradle.... "Kill me, mistress," said Janet, half looking up, and
seeing that terrible face above her, those uplifted hands clenched
as in act to strike. "Kill you " cried the mother, --"one short,
fierce pang, and all over; and for me--for me.... God may forgive
you " she broke out, with that old, deathless cry of the
broken-hearted, "but I never will " The woman at her feet trembled
under the sound of that voice, even more terrible in reality than
in her dreams--then her hand went up to what looked like a string
of dull-coloured knotted rags round her throat, and clutched them
fast. "If you'd come five minutes later," she said slowly, " I'd
ha' been past your forgiveness, --they're tired of watching me, and
left me alone half-an-hour--I was tying the ends o' this to the bed
when I heard steps.... I'd ha' faced death willing rather than ha'
faced you. P'raps if you'd found me dead, you'd ha' found a word of
pity to say in ears as couldn't hear...." "There's no pity in my
heart," said her mistress, in a dull, hard tone. "You had none when
you killed it.... my little baby...." "Mistress " cried Janet, in
anguish, "why wasn't that in your voice when I put the baby in your
arms first? You thrust it away, and said you hated it, because it
looked at you with its father's eyes.... and if you iver took it to
your breast in love, 'twas when I was not by to see.... an' when I
asked you to let me take it to my own people you never said me nay,
but let it go wi'out a kiss or a look.... but when it was gone you
missed it, an' its little ways came back on you like an old tu...
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