Leaving the town behind as quickly as possible, Bergan first struck into a long, lonely lane, shut in, on either side, by a thick border of multifarious foliage. Trees and shrubs, both deciduous and evergreen, not only mingled their boughs along its sides, but were tied together in an intricate polygamous knot by tangled vines. There was an endless diversity of form and color,鈥攅very shape of leaf, and every hue and shade of green and brown, with occasional tints of red, purple, and orange, both pale and bright,鈥攁nd everywhere the gray fringe of the Spanish moss. "And that is probably the secret of its perfection," remarked Bergan, meditatively. "The loveliest graces of character鈥攕uch as charity that thinketh no evil, and hope that lives by faith, not by sight鈥攁re the legitimate children of suffering. Then why not the finer works of art?" 中文亚洲无线码-日本人一级毛卡片 汤姆高清影院 "P.S. I cannot understand how my foolish engagement to Astra Lyte should have leaked out. With all due respect for your opinion, I cannot think of fulfilling it; indeed, I wrote to break it off immediately after coming home. I should never have entered into it, but for a mistaken notion that it would advance my interests in a certain quarter. Finding that it was likely to do just the opposite, there was nothing for it but to take the shortest cut out of the scrape. Never fear for Astra, she does not belong to the Ophelia order of women, she has pride and pluck enough to carry her through a worse disappointment; besides, hearts are never broken except in novels and plays. I am much obliged to her for leaving Berganton, the affair will blow over the sooner. In order to give it time to do so, I think I shall postpone my return until after Christmas. "Yours, B.A." He was sitting in his office, one afternoon, dividing his thoughts between his books and the unpromising state of his affairs, when there came a cautious knock at the door.