378 IN A WINTER CITY.
sound of his step in the darkness; her heart
stood stiU; her blood was changed to ice, frozen
with the deadliness of the most deadly fear on
earth; she could only look at him with wide-
opened, strained, bUnd eyes.
For the first time he smUed:—
" Take comfort," he said, softly. " He has
faUen asleep, he is less exhausted, they say that
he may Uve, How cold you are!—this night wiU
kiU you! **
She dropped down upon her knees on the
stone pavement, and aU her bowed frame was
shakened by convulsive weeping.
He drew aside in reverence and left her alone
in the Ught of the moon.
When midnight came hope was certain.
The sleep.stiU lasted; the fever had abated,
the cold chills had not retumed.
She caUed her old friend to her out into the
" I wiU go now. Send to me at daybreak and
keep my secret.*'
" May I teU him nothing ? '*
" TeU him to come to me—when he is able."