THE PAGAN CHILD. 67
hurried whisper. "Let us withdraw from the
moonlight. Everybody can see us here,"
" We have nothing to say that cannot be said in
the moonlight, Henry Ranee," she replied, coldly
receding from his proffered hand. She trembled
for a moment as if with a chill, and then suddenly
turned upon him. "Hold up your head, and let
me look at you ! I've known only what men are :
let me see what a traitor looks like ! "
He recoiled more from her wild face than her
words. He saw from the first that her hollow
cheeks and hollow eyes were blazing with fever.
He was no coward ; but he would have fled.
"You are ill. Jinny," he said; "you had best
return to the house. Another time------"
"Stop ! " she cried, hoarsely- " Move from this
spot, and I'll call for help! Attempt to leave me
now, and I'll proclaim you the assassin that you are!"
"It was a fair fight," he said, doggedly.
" Was it a fair fight to creep behind an unarmed
and unsuspecting man ? Was it a fair fight to try
to throw suspicion on someone else ? Was it a
fair fight to deceive me ? Liar and coward that
He made a stealthy step toward her with evil eyes,
and a wickeder hand that crept within his breast.
She saw the motion ; but it only stung her to newer