On Board the Argus. 1?
ftym that towards which Miss Morley was looking, " there's the
She looked up at the pale crescent, her own face almost aa
pale and wan.
_" This is the first time we have seen it. We must wish I"
*iid George. "I know what I wish."
" That we may get home quickly."
" My wish is that we may find no disappointment when Vfa
get there," said the governess, sadly.
He started as if he had been struck, and asked what sta
meant by talldng of disappointment.
" I mean this," she said, speaking rapidly, and with a rest¬
less motion of her thin hands; " I mean that as the end of this
long voyage draws near, hope sinks in my heart; and a sick
fear comes over me that at the last all may not be well. The
person I go to meel may be changed in his feeHngs towards me;
or he may retain all the old feeHng until the moment of seeing
me, and then lose it in a breath at sight of my poor wan face—
for I was called a pretty girl, Mr. Talboys, when I sailed for
Sydney, fifteen years ago; or he may be so changed by the world
as to have grown selfish and mercenary, and he may welcome
me for the sake of my fifteen years' savings. Again, he may be
dead. He may have been well, perhaps, up to within a week of
our landing, and in that last week may have taken a fever, and
died an hour before our vessel anchors in the Mersey. I think
of all these things, Mr. Talboys, and act the scenes over in my
mind, and feel the anguish of them twenty times a day.
Twenty times a day!" she repeated: " why, I do it a thousand
times a day."
George Talboys had stood motionless, with his cigar in hia
hand, listening to her so intently, that as she said the last
words, his hold relaxed, and the cigar dropped into the water.
" I wonder," she continued, more to herself than to him—" I
wonder, looking back, to think how hopuful I was when the
vessel sailed; I never thought then of disapj)ointment, but I
pictured the joy of meeting, imagining the very words that
would be. said, the very tones, the very looks; but for this laat
month of the voyage, day by day, and hour by hour, my heart
einks, and my hopeful fancies fade away, and I dread the end
as much as if I hnew that I was going to England to attend a
The young man suddenly changed his attitude, and turned
Lis face full upon his companion, with a look of alai-m. She
eaw in the pale light that the colour had faded from his cheek.
"What a fooll he cried, striking his clenched fist upon the