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CHAPTER III. A KNIGHT-ERRANT. Fresh and bright was still the autumn
morning, when Maurice Glyn appeared at the vicarage
breakfast-table, although it was hours after the events recorded in
our last chapter. His face was flushed with happiness, and it was
with effort that he repressed his exuberant spirits, lest they
should jar upon the melancholy of his host. He had told him
over-night of his engagement to Kate, and the poor curate could not
help contrasting with that fortunate result the bitter end of his
own recent love-making. But he had congratulated Maurice with all
his heart, and was genuinely glad, not only that his guest had
secured so charming a bride for himself, but that he had put
SirRichard out of court. Moreover, it was pleasant to think that he
should now have his friend permanently near him, if at least
healing Time should permit his own continuance at Blondel; for at
present it was a hard trial to him to be so near, and yet so far,
from her he loved; to meet her in his daily walks, and yet not
touch her hand; to pass by the cottage where he had once been so
welcome a visitor. At church, too, as he scanned his flock from the
pulpit, the temptation was irresistible to glance towards the spot
where Mary sat beside her sightless father, with eyes downdrooped
so low that she scarce saw more than he. Notwithstanding all his
efforts, the thoughts of her would mingle with the curate's
prayers. What hopes and happiness, what disappointments and
despairs, grow up together in every human crop, no matter how
limited its extent, as here in Little Blondel! And what sudden
reverses too! Revolutionswherein, " hey presto, foul is fair, and
fair is foul," the wretched are raised to bliss, the blissful
suddenly sink into unutterable woe; where even the compassionate,
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