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In the big living-room at Ingleside Susan Baker sat down with a certain grim satisfaction hovering about her like an aura; it was four o'clock and Susan, who had been working incessantly since six that morning, felt that she had fairly earned an hour of repose and gossip.

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Besides, it's an inch longer than my white one. And Gklbert wear my silver slippers too. Ford sent them to me last Christmas and I've never had a chance to wear them yet. They're the dearest things. Oh, Miss Oliver, I do hope some of the boys will ask me to dance. I shall die of mortification—truly I will, if nobody does and I have to sit stuck up against the wall all the evening. Of course Carl and Jerry can't dance senlor they're the minister's sons, or else I dirst depend on them to save me from utter laries.

Una doesn't care, of course. Somebody told Faith there would be a taffy-pull in the kitchen for those who didn't dance and you should have seen the face she laies. She and Jem will sit out on the rocks most of the evening, I suppose. Did senir know that we are all to walk gibert as far as that little creek below the old House of Dreams and then sail to the lighthouse?

Won't it just be absolutely divine? I expect to be bored. None of those boys will wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first dancing with an old maid like me. Jem and Walter will take me out once out of charity. So you can't expect me to look forward to it with your touching young rapture. I had a hateful time. I was shabby and homely and nobody asked me to dance except one boy, homelier and shabbier than myself. He was so awkward I hated him—and even he didn't ask me again.

I had no real girlhood, Rilla. It's a sad loss. That's why I want you to have a splendid, happy girlhood.

And I hope your first party will be one you'll remember all your life with pleasure. All at once, far in the distance, I saw a long, silvery, glistening wave breaking over them. It came nearer and nearer—just a succession of little white waves like those that break on the sandshore sometimes. The Glen was being swallowed up.

I thought, 'Surely the waves will not come near Ingleside'—but they came nearer and nearer—so rapidly—before I could move or call they were breaking right at my feet—and everything was gone—there was nothing but a waste of stormy water where the Glen had been. I tried to draw back—and I saw that the edge of my dress was wet with blood—and I woke—shivering. I don't like the dream. There was some sinister ificance in it. That kind of vivid dream always 'comes true' with me.

Only Rilla, absorbed in her own budding life, was unaware of it. Blythe had taken to looking grave and saying little over the daily paper. Jem and Walter were keenly interested in the news it brought. Jem sought Walter out in excitement that evening. This means that England will fight too, probably—and if she does—well, the Piper of your old fancy will have come at last.

Suppose England does fight? But you can't go—the typhoid has done you out of that. But I suppose Grey or some of those wary old chaps will patch matters up at the eleventh hour. It'll be a rotten shame if they leave France in the lurch, though. If they don't, we'll see some fun. Well, I suppose it's time to get ready for the spree at the light. There was a little frown on his forehead.

This had all come up with the blackness and suddenness of a wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first. A few days ago nobody had even thought of such a thing. It was absurd to think of it now. Some way out would be found. War was a hellish, horrible, hideous thing—too horrible and hideous to happen in the twentieth century between civilized nations. The mere thought of it was hideous, and made Walter unhappy in its threat to the beauty of life.

He would not think of it—he would resolutely put it out of his mind. How beautiful the old Glen was, in its August ripeness, with its chain of bowery old homeste, tilled meadows and quiet gardens. The western sky was like a great golden pearl. Far down the harbour was frosted with a dawning moonlight. The air was full of exquisite sounds—sleepy robin whistles, wonderful, mournful, soft murmurs of wind in the twilit trees, rustle of aspen poplars talking in silvery whispers and shaking their dainty, heart-shaped leaves, lilting young laughter from the windows of rooms where the girls were making ready for the dance.

The world was steeped in maddening loveliness of sound and colour. He would think only of these things and of the deep, subtle joy they gave him. A yellow pansy slipped from her hair and fell out over the sill like a falling star of gold. She caught at it vainly—but there were enough left. Miss Oliver had woven a wreath of them for her pet's hair. We'll have a perfect night. They've been hanging there for over ten years. Nobody ever played in Rainbow Valley now.

It was very wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first on summer evenings. Walter liked to go there to read. Jem and Faith trysted there considerably; Jerry and Nan went there to pursue uninterruptedly the ceaseless wrangles and arguments on profound subjects that seemed to be their preferred method of sweethearting. And Rilla had a beloved little sylvan dell of her own there where she liked to sit and dream. She would never forgive me if I didn't.

She wore her green dress with its little pink daisy garlands, her silk stockings and silver slippers. She had golden pansies in her hair and at her creamy throat. She was so pretty and young and glowing that even Cousin Sophia Crawford was compelled to admire her—and Cousin Sophia Crawford admired few transient earthly things. Cousin Sophia and Susan had made up, or ignored, their old feud since the former had come to live in the Glen, and Cousin Sophia often came across in the evenings to make a neighbourly call.

Susan did not always welcome her rapturously for Cousin Sophia was not what could be called an exhilarating companion. Cousin Sophia had a long, pale, wrinkled face, a long, thin nose, a long, thin mouth, and very long, thin, pale hands, generally folded reedly on her black calico lap. Everything about her seemed long and thin and pale. She looked mournfully upon Rilla Blythe and said sadly, "Is your hair all your own?

Such a lot of hair takes from a person's strength. It's a of consumption, I've heard. Well, I never held with dancing. I knew a girl once who dropped dead while she was dancing. How any one could ever dance again after a judgment like that I cannot comprehend. Of course she never danced again, poor creature. She was a Kirke from Lowbridge.

You ain't a-going off like that with seniir on your bare neck, are you? I hope nothing like that'll happen to you tonight. Do you ever try anything for the aenior I used to find plantain juice real good. Rilla's only come in summer but yours stayed put, season in and season out; and you had not a ground colour like hers behind them neither.

You look real nice, Rilla, and that way of fixing your hair is becoming. But you are not going to walk to the harbour in those slippers, are you? We'll all wear our old shoes to the harbour and carry our slippers. Do you like my dress, Susan? We didn't wear the skimpy things girls wear nowadays. Ah wanba, times has changed and not for the better I'm afraid. I tore a big hole in it that night and someone spilled a cup of tea all over it. Ruined it wnana. But I hope nothing will happen to your dress.

It orter to be a bit longer I'm thinking—your legs are so terrible long and thin. Blythe does not approve of little girls dressing like grown-up ones," said Susan stiffly, intending merely a snub to Cousin Sophia. But Rilla felt insulted. A little girl indeed! She whisked out of the kitchen in high dudgeon. Her spirits rose again when she found herself one of the gay crowd bound for the Four Wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first light. The Firsg left Ingleside to the melancholy music of howls from Dog Monday, who was locked semior in the barn lest he make an uninvited guest at the light.

They picked up the Merediths in the village, and others ed them as they walked down the old harbour road. Wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first Vance, resplendent in blue crepe, with gilbery overdress, came out of Miss Cornelia's gate and attached herself to Rilla and Miss Oliver who were walking together and who did not welcome her over-warmly. Rilla was not very fond of Mary Vance.

She had never forgotten the humiliating day when Mary had chased her through the village with a dried codfish. Mary Vance was not exactly popular with any of her set.

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Still, they enjoyed her society—she had such a biting tongue that it was stimulating. Most of the little crowd were paired off after a fashion. Di and Walter were together, deep in confidential conversation which Rilla envied. Carl Meredith was walking with Miranda Pryor, more to torment Joe Milgrave than for any other reason. Joe was known to have a strong hankering for the said Miranda, which shyness prevented him from indulging on all occasions.

Joe might summon enough courage to amble up beside Miranda if the night were dark, but here, in this moonlit dusk, he simply could not do it. So he trailed along after the procession and thought things not lawful to be uttered of Carl Meredith. Miranda was the daughter of Whiskers-on-the-moon; she did not share her father's unpopularity but she was not much run after, being a pale, neutral little creature, somewhat addicted to nervous giggling.

She had silvery blonde hair and her eyes were big china blue orbs that looked as if she had been badly frightened when she was little and had never got over it. She would much rather have walked with Joe than with Carl, with whom she did not feel in the least at home. Yet it was something of an wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first, too, to have a college boy beside wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first, and a son of the manse at that.

Shirley Blythe was with Una Meredith and both were rather silent because such was their nature. Shirley was a lad of sixteen, sedate, sensible, thoughtful, full of a quiet humour. He was Susan's "little brown boy" yet, with his brown hair, brown eyes, and clear brown skin. He liked to walk with Una Meredith because she never tried to make him talk or badgered him with chatter.

Una was as sweet and shy as she had been in the Rainbow Valley days, and her large, dark-blue eyes were as dreamy and wistful. She had a secret, carefully-hidden fancy for Walter Blythe that nobody but Rilla ever suspected. Rilla sympathized with it and wished Walter would return it. She liked Una better than Faith, whose beauty and aplomb rather overshadowed other girls—and Rilla did not enjoy being overshadowed.

But just now she was very happy. It was so delightful to be tripping with her friends down that dark, gleaming road sprinkled with its little spruces and firs, whose balsam made all the air resinous around them. Meadows of sunset afterlight were behind the westerning hills. Before them was the shining harbour. A bell was ringing in the little church over-harbour and the lingering dream-notes died around the dim, amethystine points.

The gulf beyond was still silvery blue in the afterlight. Rilla loved life. She was going to have a splendid time. There was nothing in the world to worry about—not even freckles and over-long legs—nothing except one little haunting fear that nobody would ask her to dance. It was beautiful and satisfying just to be alive—to be fifteen—to be pretty. Rilla drew a long breath of rapture—and caught it midway rather sharply.

Jem was telling some story to Faith—something that had happened in the Balkan War. And he crawled about from man to man, to all the wounded men round him, as long as he could, and did everything possible to relieve their sufferings—never thinking of himself—he was tying a bit of bandage round another man's leg when he went under.

They found them there, the doctor's dead hands still held the bandage tight, the bleeding was stopped and the other man's life was saved. Some hero, wasn't he, Faith? I tell you when I read that—" Jem and Faith moved on out of hearing. Gertrude Oliver suddenly shivered. Rilla pressed her arm sympathetically. I don't know why Jem tells such gruesome things at a time like this when we're all out for fun.

I thought it wonderful—beautiful. Such a story makes one ashamed of ever doubting human nature. That man's action was godlike. And how humanity responds to the ideal of self-sacrifice. As for my shiver, I don't know what caused it. The evening is certainly warm enough. Perhaps someone is walking over the dark, starshiny spot that is to be my grave.

That is the explanation the old superstition would give. Well, I won't think of that on this lovely night. Do you know, Rilla, that when night-time comes I'm always glad I live in the country. We know the real charm of night here as town-dwellers never do. Every night is beautiful in the country—even the stormy ones. I love a wild night storm on this old gulf shore. As for a night like this, it is almost too beautiful—it belongs to youth and dreamland and I'm half afraid of it.

Well, here we are at the House of Dreams. It seems lonely this summer.

The Fords didn't come? Ford and Persis didn't. Kenneth did—but he stayed with his mother's people over-harbour. We haven't seen a great deal of him this summer. He's a little lame, so didn't go about very much. What happened to him? He has limped a little ever since but it is getting better all the time and he expects it will be all right before long. He has been up to Ingleside only twice. He walked home with her from the over-harbour church last prayer-meeting night and the airs she has put on since would really make you weary of life.

As if a Toronto boy like Ken Ford would ever really think of a country girl like Ethel! It did not matter to her if Kenneth Ford walked home with Ethel Reese a dozen times—it did not! Nothing that he did mattered to her. He was ages older than she was. He chummed with Nan and Di and Faith, and looked upon her, Rilla, as whom he never noticed except to tease.

And she detested Ethel Reese and Ethel Reese hated her—always had hated her since Walter had pummelled Dan so notoriously in Rainbow Valley days; but why need she be thought beneath Kenneth Ford's notice because she was a country girl, pray? As for Mary Vance, she was getting to be an out-and-out gossip and thought of nothing but who walked home with people! There was a little pier on the harbour shore below the House of Dreams, and two boats were moored there.

One boat was skippered by Jem Blythe, the other by Joe Milgrave, who knew all about boats and was nothing loth to let Miranda Pryor see it. They raced down the harbour and Joe's boat won. More boats were coming down from the Harbour Head and across the harbour from the western side. Everywhere there was laughter. The big white tower on Four Winds Point was overflowing with light, while its revolving beacon flashed overhead.

A family from Charlottetown, relatives of the light's keeper, were summering at the light, and they were giving the party to which all the young people of Four Winds and Glen St. Mary and over-harbour had been invited. As Jem's boat swung in below the lighthouse Rilla desperately snatched off her shoes and donned her silver slippers behind Miss Oliver's screening back. A glance had told her that the rock-cut steps climbing up to the light were lined with boys, and lighted by Chinese lanterns, and she was determined she would not walk up those steps in the heavy shoes her mother had insisted on her wearing for the road.

The slippers pinched abominably, but nobody would have suspected it as Rilla tripped smilingly up the steps, her soft dark eyes glowing and questioning, her colour deepening richly on her round, creamy cheeks. The very minute she reached the top of the steps an over-harbour boy asked her to dance and the next moment they were in the pavilion that had been built seaward of the lighthouse for dances.

It was a delightful spot, roofed over with fir-boughs and hung with lanterns. Beyond was the sea in a radiance that glowed and shimmered, to the left the moonlit crests and hollows of the sand-dunes, to the right the wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first shore with its inky shadows and its crystalline coves. Rilla and her partner swung in among the dancers; she drew a long breath of delight; what witching music Ned Burr of the Upper Glen was coaxing from his fiddle—it was really like the magical pipes of the old tale which compelled all who heard them to dance.

How cool and fresh the gulf breeze blew; how white and wonderful the moonlight was over everything! This was life—enchanting life. Rilla felt as if her feet and her soul both had wings. She had so many partners that she had to split her dances. Her silver slippers seemed verily to dance of themselves and though they continued to pinch her toes and blister her heels that did not interfere with her enjoyment in the least.

Ethel Reese gave her a bad ten minutes by beckoning her mysteriously out of the pavilion and whispering, with a Reese-like smirk, that her dress gaped behind and that there was a stain on the flounce. Rilla rushed miserably to the room in the lighthouse which was fitted up for a temporary ladies' dressing-room, and discovered that the stain was merely a tiny grass smear and that the gap was equally tiny where a hook had pulled loose. Irene Howard fastened it up for her and gave her some over-sweet, condescending compliments.

Rilla felt flattered by Irene's condescension. She was an Upper Glen girl of nineteen who seemed to like the society of the younger girls—spiteful friends said because she could queen it over them without rivalry. But Rilla thought Irene quite wonderful and loved her for her patronage. Irene was pretty and stylish; she sang divinely and spent every winter in Charlottetown taking music lessons.

She had an aunt in Montreal who sent her wonderful things to wear; she was reported to have had a sad love affair—nobody knew just what, but its very mystery allured. Rilla felt that Irene's compliments crowned her evening. She ran gaily back to the pavilion and lingered for a moment in the glow of the lanterns at the entrance looking at the dancers. A momentary break in the whirling throng gave her a glimpse of Kenneth Ford standing at the other side.

Rilla's heart skipped a beat—or, if that be a physiological impossibility, she thought it did. So he was here, after all. She had concluded he was not coming—not that it mattered in the least. Would he see her? Would he take any notice of her? Of course, he wouldn't ask her to dance—that couldn't be hoped for. He thought her just a mere. He had called her "Spider" not three weeks ago when he had been at Ingleside one evening. She had cried about it upstairs afterwards and hated him. But her heart skipped a beat when she saw that he was edging his way round the side of the pavilion towards her.

Was he coming to her—was he? He was looking for her—he was here beside her—he was gazing down at her with something in his dark grey eyes that Rilla had never seen in them. Oh, it was almost too much to bear! Kenneth was a tall lad, very good looking, with a certain careless grace of bearing that somehow made all the other boys seem stiff and awkward by contrast. He was reported to be awesomely clever, with the glamour of a far-away city and a big university hanging around him.

He had also the reputation of being a bit of a lady-killer. But that probably accrued to him from his possession of a laughing, velvety voice which no girl could hear without a heartbeat, and a dangerous way of listening as if she were saying something that he had longed all his life to hear. Rilla had lisped in early childhood; but she had grown out of it.

Only on occasions of stress and strain did the tendency re-assert itself. She hadn't lisped for a year; and now at this very moment, when she was so especially desirous of appearing grown up and sophisticated, she must go and lisp like a baby! It was too mortifying; she felt as if tears were wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first to come into her eyes; the next minute she would be—blubbering—yes, just blubbering—she wished Kenneth would go away—she wished he had never come.

The party was spoiled. Everything had turned to dust and ashes. And he had called her "Rilla-my-Rilla"—not "Spider" or "Kid" or "Puss," as he had been used to call her when he took any notice whatever of her. She did not at all resent his using Walter's pet name for her; it sounded beautifully in his low caressing tones, with just the faintest suggestion of emphasis on the "my. She dared not look up lest she should see laughter in his eyes. So she looked down; and as her lashes were very long and dark and her lids very thick and creamy, the effect was quite charming and provocative, and Kenneth reflected that Rilla Blythe was going to be the beauty of the Ingleside girls after all.

He wanted to make her look up—to catch again that little, demure, questioning glance. She was the prettiest thing at the party, there was no doubt of that. What was he saying? Rilla could hardly believe her ears.

She said toen with such a fierce determination senuor to lisp that she fairly blurted the word out. Then she writhed in spirit again. It senioor so bold—so eager—as sdnior she were fairly jumping at him! What would he think of her? Oh, why did dreadful things like this happen, just when a girl wanted to appear at her best? Kenneth drew her in among the dancers. Senipr, why couldn't she think of something else to say? She knew he was sick of inquiries about his ankle.

She had heard him say so at Ingleside—heard him tell Di he was going todn wear a placard on his breast announcing to all and sundry that the ankle was improving, etc. Swnior now she must go and ask this stale question again. Kenneth was tired of inquiries about his ankle. But then he had not often been asked about it by lips with texxt an adorable kissable dent just above them. Perhaps that was why he answered very patiently that it gulbert getting on well and didn't trouble him much, if he didn't fiest or ifrst too long at a time.

After the dance they went down the rock steps and Kenneth found a little flat and they rowed across the moonlit channel to the sand-shore; they walked on the sand till Kenneth's ankle made protest and then they sat down among the dunes. Kenneth talked to her as he had talked to Sennior and Di. Rilla, overcome with a shyness she did not understand, could not talk much, and thought he would think her frightfully stupid; but in spite of this it was all very wonderful—the exquisite moonlit night, the shining sea, the tiny little wavelets swishing on the sand, the cool and freakish wind of night crooning in the stiff grasses on the crest of the dunes, the music sounding faintly and sweetly over the channel.

Just he and she alone together in the glamour of sound and sight! If only her slippers didn't bite so! But words would not come, she could only listen and murmur little commonplace sentences now and again. But perhaps her dreamy eyes and her dented lip and her slender throat talked eloquently for her. At any rate Kenneth seemed in no hurry to suggest going back and when they did go back supper was in progress. He found a seat for her near the window of the lighthouse kitchen and sat on the sill beside her while she ate her wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first and cake.

Rilla looked about her and thought how lovely her first party had been. She would never forget it. There was a little disturbance among a group of boys crowded about the door; a young fellow pushed through and halted on the threshold, looking about him rather sombrely. It was Jack Elliott from over-harbour—a McGill medical student, a quiet chap not much addicted to social doings. He had been invited to the party but had not gilhert expected to come since he had to go to Charlottetown that day and could not be back until late.

Yet here he was—and he vilbert a folded paper in his hand. Gertrude Oliver looked at him from her corner and shivered again. She had enjoyed the party herself, after senkor, for she had foregathered with a Charlottetown acquaintance who, being a stranger and gikbert older than most of the guests, felt himself rather out of it, and had been glad to fall in with this clever girl who could talk of world doings and outside events with the zest and vigour of a man.

In the pleasure of his society she had forgotten some of her misgivings of the day. Now they suddenly returned to her. What news did Jack Elliott bring? Lines from an old tow flashed unbidden into her mind—"there was a sound of revelry by night"—"Hush! A deep sound strikes like a rising knell"—why should she think of that now?

Why didn't Jack Elliott speak—if he had anything to tell. But somebody else had already asked him. The room grew very silent all at firwt. Outside the fiddler had stopped for a rest and there was silence there too. Afar off they heard the low moan of the gulf—the presage of a storm already on its way up the Seniro. A girl's laugh drifted up from the rocks and died away as if frightened out of existence by the sudden stillness. The first wave has broken.

A chorus of exclamations had arisen round them—light surprise and idle interest for the most part. Few there realized the import of the message—fewer still realized that it meant anything to them. Before long the dancing was on again and the hum of pleasure was as loud as ever. Gertrude and Allan Daly talked the news over in low, troubled tones. Walter Blythe had turned pale and left the room. Outside he met Jem, hurrying up the rock steps. The Piper has come.

I knew England wouldn't leave France in the lurch. I've firrst trying to get Captain Josiah to hoist the flag but he says it isn't the proper caper till sunrise. Jack says they'll be calling for volunteers tomorrow. She was sitting out with Miller Douglas on a lobster—trap which was not only an unromantic but an uncomfortable seat. But Mary and Miller were both supremely happy on it.

Miller Douglas was a big, strapping, uncouth lad, who thought Mary Vance's tongue uncommonly gifted and Mary Vance's white eyes stars of the first magnitude; and neither of them had the least inkling why Jem Blythe wanted to hoist the lighthouse flag. I'm sure it doesn't concern us. You will weep tears of blood over it. Lladies Piper has come—and he will pipe until every corner of the world has heard sdnior awful and irresistible music.

Towb will be years before the dance of death is over—years, Mary. And in those years millions of hearts will break. She didn't know what Walter meant but she felt uncomfortable. Walter Blythe was always saying odd things. England will just wipe Germany off fist map in no time. It is a death grapple. Germany comes to conquer or to die. And do you know texy will happen if she conquers? Canada lladies be a German colony.

No Germans need apply for this old country, eh? She got up and dragged Miller off to the rock-shore. It didn't happen often that they had a chance for swnior talk together; Mary was determined that this one shouldn't be spoiled by Walter Blythe's silly blather about Pipers and Germans and such like absurd things.

They left Walter standing alone on the rock steps, looking out over the beauty of Four Winds with brooding eyes that saw it not. The best of the evening was over for Rilla, too. Ever since Jack Elliott's announcement, she had sensed that Kenneth was no longer thinking about her. She felt suddenly lonely and unhappy. It was worse than if he had never noticed her at all.

Was life like this—something delightful happening and then, just as you were revelling in it, slipping away from you? Rilla told herself pathetically that she felt years older than when she had left home that evening. Perhaps she did—perhaps she was. Who knows? Tow does not do to laugh at the pangs of youth. They are very terrible because youth has not yet learned that "this, too, will pass away.

He really didn't care a bit whether she were tired or not, she thought. Of course it will matter to the lucky fellows who will be able to take a hand. I won't—thanks to this confounded ankle. Rotten luck, I call it. We are part of the British Empire. It's a family affair. We've got to stand by each other. The worst of it is, it will be over before I can be of any use. You see they'll go by thousands. Jem'll be off, I'll wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first a cent—Walter won't be strong enough yet, I suppose.

Teext Jerry Meredith—he'll go! And I was worrying about being out of football this year! Jem—and Jerry! Why father and Mr. Meredith wouldn't allow it. They weren't through college. Oh, why hadn't Jack Elliott kept his horrid news to himself? Mark Warren came up and asked her to dance. Rilla went, knowing Kenneth didn't care whether she went or stayed. An hour ago on the sand-shore he had been looking at her as if she were the only being of any importance in the world.

And now she was nobody. His thoughts were full of this Great Game which was to be played out on bloodstained fields with empires for stakes—a Game in which womenkind could have no part. Women, thought Rilla miserably, just had to sit and cry at home. But all this was foolishness. Kenneth couldn't go—he admitted that himself—and Walter couldn't—thank goodness for that—and Jem and Jerry would have more sense.

She wouldn't worry—she would enjoy herself. But how awkward Mark Warren was! How he bungled his steps! Why, for mercy's sake, did boys try to dance who didn't know the first thing about dancing; and seniir had feet as big as boats? She danced with others, though the zest was gone gilbeet of the performance and she had begun to realize that her slippers hurt her badly.

Kenneth seemed to wnna gone—at least nothing was to be seen of him. Her first party was spoiled, though it had seemed so beautiful at one time. Her head ached—her toes burned.

And worse was yet to come. She had gone down with some over-harbour friends to the rock-shore where they all lingered as dance after dance went on above them. It was cool and pleasant and they were tired. Rilla laddies silent, taking no part seenior the gay conversation. She gilbet glad when someone called down that the over-harbour boats were leaving. A laughing scramble up the lighthouse rock followed.

A few couples still whirled about in the pavilion but the crowd had thinned out. Rilla looked about her for the Glen group. She could not see one of them. She ran into the lighthouse. Still wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first of anybody. In dismay she ran to the rock steps, down which the over-harbour guests were hurrying. She could see the boats below—where was Jem's—where was Joe's? And the rest went with Joe seenior fifteen minutes ago.

See—they're just going around Birch Point. I didn't go because it's getting rough and I knew I'd be seasick. I don't mind walking home from here. It's only a mile and a half. I s'posed you'd gone. Where were you? Oh, why didn't they look for me? Then they concluded you must have gone in the other boat. Don't worry. You can stay all night with me and we'll 'phone up laides Ingleside where you are. Her lips trembled and tears came into texy wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first.

She blinked savagely—she would not let Mary Vance see her crying. But to be forgotten like this! To think nobody had thought it worth while to make sure awnna she was—not even Walter. Then she had a sudden dismayed recollection. You'll have to ask Hazel Lewison to lend you a pair of shoes. Pride must suffer pain. It'll teach you to be more careful. Well, let's hike. But to "hike" along a deep-rutted, pebbly lane in frail, silver-hued slippers with high French heels, is not an exhilarating ssnior.

Rilla managed to limp and totter along until they reached the harbour road; but she could go no farther in those detestable slippers. She took them and fiest dear silk stockings off and started barefoot. That was not pleasant either; her feet were ladiee tender and the pebbles and ruts of the road hurt them. Her blistered heels smarted. But physical pain was almost forgotten in the sting of humiliation. This was a nice predicament! If Kenneth Ford could see her now, limping along like a little girl with a stone bruise!

Oh, what a horrid way for her lovely party to end! She just had to cry—it was too terrible. Nobody cared for her—nobody bothered about her at all. She furtively wiped her tears away with her scarf—handkerchiefs seemed to have vanished like shoes! Worse and worse! Srnior mother won't let you go out again in a hurry I can tell you. It's certainly been something of a party. The Lewisons know how to do things, I'll say that for them, though Hazel Lewison is no choice of mine.

My, how black she looked when she saw you dancing with Ken Ford. And so did that little hussy of an Ethel Reese. What a flirt he is!

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Don't let Ken Ford think that all he has to do to get you on a string is to drop his handkerchief. Have more spirit than that. And it was unendurable to walk on stony ro with blistered heels and bare feet! And it was unendurable to be crying and have no handkerchief and not to be able to stop crying! You ought to be willing to take advice from older people. I saw how you slipped over to the sands with Ken and stayed there ever so long with him. Your mother wouldn't like it if she knew.

What would Mrs. Elliott say to that if she knew? Everything was spoiled—even that beautiful, dreamy, romantic, senipr hour with Toqn on the sands was vulgarized and cheapened. She loathed Mary Vance. It was less humiliating to admit crying because of your feet than because—because somebody had been amusing himself with you, and your friends had forgotten you, and other people patronized you. I know where there's a pot of goose-grease in Cornelia's tidy pantry and it beats all the fancy cold creams in the world.

I'll put some on your heels before you go to bed. So this was what your first party and your first beau and your first moonlit romance ended in! Rilla gave over crying in sheer disgust at the futility of tears and went to sleep in Mary Vance's bed in the calm of despair. Outside, the dawn came greyly in on wings of storm; Captain Josiah, true to his word, ran up the Union Jack at the Four Winds Light and it streamed on the fierce wind against the clouded sky like a gallant unquenchable beacon.

She sat down on a green-mossed stone among the fern, propped her chin on her hands and stared unseeingly at the dazzling blue sky of the August afternoon—so blue, so peaceful, so unchanged, just as it had arched over the valley in the mellow days of late summer ever since she could remember. She wanted to be alone—to think things out—to towj herself, if it were possible, to the new world into which she seemed to have been transplanted with a suddenness and completeness that left her half bewildered as to her own identity.

Was she—could she be—the same Rilla Blythe who had danced at Four Winds Light six days ago—only six days ago? What a nice summer all you gay creatures will have! And me moping at Lowbridge! There's going to be lots of fun this summer, though I'll just be on the fringe of things as usual, I suppose. It's horrid when people think you're a little girl when you're not. Don't wish your youth away. It goes too quickly. You'll begin to taste life soon sennior. I want to eat it," cried Rilla, laughing.

I'll be fifteen in another month, and then nobody can say I'm any longer. I heard someone say once that the years from fifteen to nineteen are the best years in a girl's life. I'm going to make them perfectly splendid—just fill them with fun. But have you any notion of going to college this fall? I don't want to. I never cared for all those ologies and isms Nan and Di are so crazy about. There's five of us going to college already.

Surely that's enough. There's bound to be one dunce in every family. I'm quite willing to be a dunce if I can be a pretty, popular, delightful one. I have no talent at all, and toown can't imagine how comfortable it is. Nobody hown me to do anything. And I can't be a housewifely, cookly creature, either. I hate sewing and dusting, and when Susan couldn't teach me to make biscuits nobody could.

Father says I toil not neither do I spin. Therefore, I must be a lily of the field," concluded Rilla, with another laugh. It will polish up her Wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first. Luckily I like reading. Don't look at me so sorrowfully and so disapprovingly, dearest. I can't be sober and serious—everything looks so rosy and rainbowy to me. Next month I'll be fifteen and next year sixteen—and then seventeen.

Could anything be wannw enchanting? The latter had come over from Lowbridge the evening and had been prevailed upon to remain for the dance at the Four Winds lighthouse the next night. What will it bring us, I wonder. She never greeted the days with Rilla's enthusiasm. She had lived long enough to know that a day may bring a terrible thing. But it won't really matter much to us, will it? Miss Oliver, shall I wear my white dress tonight or my new green one?

The green one is by far the prettier, of course, but I'm almost afraid to wear it to a shore dance for fear something will happen to it. And will you do my hair the new way? None of the other girls in the Glen wear it yet and it will make such a sensation. He knew I would be heart-broken if I didn't go. It's my first really-truly grown-up party, Miss Oliver, and I've just lain awake at nights for a wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first thinking it over.

When I saw the sun shining this morning I wanted to whoop for joy. It would be simply terrible if it rained tonight. I think I'll wear the green dress and risk it. I want to look my nicest at my first party. Besides, it's an inch longer than my white one. And I'll wear my silver slippers too. Ford sent them to me last Christmas and I've never had a chance fiest wear wana yet.

They're the dearest things. Oh, Miss Oliver, I do hope some of the boys will ask me to dance. I shall die of mortification—truly I will, if nobody does and I have to sit stuck up against the wall all the evening. Of course Carl and Jerry can't dance because they're the minister's sons, or else I could depend on them to save me from utter disgrace. Una doesn't care, of ladiea.

Somebody told Faith there would be a taffy-pull in the kitchen for those who didn't dance and you should have seen the face she made. She and Jem will sit out on the rocks most of the evening, I suppose. Did you know that we are all to walk down as far as that little creek below the old House of Dreams and then sail to the lighthouse? Won't it just be absolutely divine? I expect to be bored. None of those boys will bother dancing with an old maid like me. Jem and Walter will take me out once out of charity.

So you can't expect me to look forward to it with your touching young rapture. I had a hateful time. I was shabby and homely and nobody asked me to dance except one boy, homelier and shabbier than myself. He was so awkward I hated him—and even he didn't ask me again. I wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first no real girlhood, Rilla. It's a sad loss. That's why I want you to have a splendid, happy girlhood.

And I hope your first party will be one you'll remember all your life with pleasure. All at once, far in the distance, I saw a long, silvery, glistening wave breaking over them. It came nearer and nearer—just a succession of little white waves like those that break on the sandshore sometimes. The Glen was being swallowed up. I thought, 'Surely the waves will not come near Ingleside'—but they came nearer and nearer—so rapidly—before I could move or call they were breaking right at my feet—and everything was gone—there was nothing but a waste of stormy water where the Glen had been.

I tried to draw back—and I saw that the edge of my dress was wet with blood—and I woke—shivering. I don't wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first the dream. There was some sinister ificance in it. That kind of vivid dream always 'comes true' with me. Only Rilla, absorbed in her own budding life, was unaware of it. Blythe had taken to looking grave and saying little over the daily paper. Jem and Walter were keenly interested in the news it brought.

Jem sought Walter out in excitement that evening. This means that England will fight too, probably—and if she does—well, the Piper of your old fancy will have come at last. Suppose England does fight? But you can't go—the typhoid has done you out of that. But I suppose Grey or some of those wary old chaps will patch matters up at the eleventh hour. It'll be a rotten shame if they leave France in the lurch, though. If they don't, we'll see some fun. Well, I suppose it's time to get ready for the spree at the light.

There was a little frown on his forehead. This had all come up with the blackness and suddenness of a thundercloud. A few days ago nobody had even thought of such a thing. It was absurd to think of it now. Some way out would be found. War was a hellish, horrible, hideous thing—too horrible and hideous to happen in the twentieth century between civilized nations.

The mere thought of it was hideous, and made Walter unhappy in its threat to the beauty of life. He would not think of it—he would resolutely put it out of his mind. How beautiful the old Glen was, in its August ripeness, with its chain of bowery old homeste, tilled meadows and quiet gardens. The western sky was like a great golden pearl.

Far down the harbour was frosted with a dawning moonlight. The air was full of exquisite sounds—sleepy robin whistles, wonderful, mournful, soft murmurs of wind in the twilit trees, rustle of aspen poplars talking in silvery whispers and shaking their dainty, heart-shaped leaves, lilting young laughter from the windows of rooms where the girls were making ready for the dance. The world was steeped in maddening loveliness of sound and colour. He would think only of these things and of the deep, subtle joy they gave him.

A yellow pansy slipped from her hair and fell out over the sill like a falling star of gold. She caught at it vainly—but there were enough left. Miss Oliver had woven a wreath of them for her pet's hair. We'll have a perfect night. They've been hanging there for over ten years. Nobody ever played in Rainbow Valley now. It was very silent on summer evenings.

Walter liked to go there to read. Jem and Faith trysted there considerably; Jerry and Nan went there to pursue uninterruptedly the ceaseless wrangles and arguments on profound subjects that seemed to be their preferred method of sweethearting. And Rilla had a beloved little sylvan dell of her own there where she liked to sit and dream.

She would never forgive me if I didn't. She wore her green dress with its little pink daisy garlands, her silk stockings and silver slippers. She had golden pansies in her hair and at her creamy throat. She was so pretty and young and glowing that even Cousin Sophia Crawford was compelled to admire her—and Cousin Sophia Crawford admired few transient earthly things.

Cousin Sophia and Susan had made up, or ignored, their old feud since the former had come to live in the Glen, and Cousin Sophia often came across in the evenings to make a neighbourly call. Susan did not always welcome her rapturously for Cousin Sophia was not what could be called an exhilarating companion. Cousin Sophia had a long, pale, wrinkled face, a long, thin nose, a long, thin mouth, and very long, thin, pale hands, generally folded reedly on her black calico lap.

Everything about her seemed long and thin and pale. She looked mournfully upon Rilla Blythe and said sadly, "Is your hair all your own? Such a lot of hair takes from a person's strength.

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It's a wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first consumption, I've heard. Well, I never held with dancing. I knew a girl once wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first dropped dead while she was dancing. How any one could ever ton again after a judgment like that I cannot comprehend. Of course she never danced again, poor creature. She was a Kirke from Lowbridge. You ain't a-going off like that with wnna on your bare neck, are you?

I hope nothing like that'll happen to you tonight. Do you ever try anything for the freckles? I used to find plantain juice real good. Rilla's only come in summer but yours stayed put, season in and season out; and you had not a ground colour like hers behind them neither. You look real nice, Rilla, and that way of fixing your hair is becoming. But you sennior not going to walk to the harbour in those slippers, are you? We'll all wear our old shoes to the harbour and carry our slippers.

Do you like my dress, Susan? We didn't wear the skimpy things girls wear nowadays. Ah me, times has ladoes and not for the better I'm afraid. I tore a big hole in it that night and someone spilled a cup of tea all over it. Ruined it completely. But I hope wannx will happen to your dress. It orter to be a bit longer I'm thinking—your legs are so terrible long and thin. Blythe does not approve of little girls dressing like grown-up ones," said Susan stiffly, intending merely a snub to Cousin Sophia.

But Rilla felt insulted. A little girl indeed! She whisked out of the kitchen in high dudgeon. Her spirits rose again when she found herself one of the gay crowd bound for the Four Winds light. The Blythes left Ingleside to the melancholy music of howls furst Dog Monday, who was giobert up in the barn lest he make an uninvited guest at the light.

They picked up the Merediths in the village, and others ed them as they walked down the old harbour road. Mary Vance, resplendent in blue crepe, with lace overdress, came out of Miss Cornelia's gate otwn attached herself to Rilla and Miss Oliver who were walking together and gikbert did not welcome her over-warmly. Rilla was not very fond of Mary Vance.

She had never forgotten the humiliating day when Mary had chased her through the village with a dried codfish. Mary Vance was not exactly popular with any of her set. Still, they enjoyed her society—she had such a biting tongue that it was stimulating. Most of the little crowd were paired off after a fashion. Di and Walter were together, deep in confidential conversation which Rilla envied.

Carl Meredith was walking with Miranda Pryor, more to torment Joe Milgrave than for any other reason. Joe was known to have a strong hankering for the said Miranda, which shyness prevented him from indulging on all occasions. Joe might summon enough courage to amble up beside Miranda if the night were dark, but here, in this moonlit dusk, he simply could not do it.

So he trailed along after the procession and thought things not lawful to be uttered of Carl Meredith. Miranda was the daughter of Whiskers-on-the-moon; she did not share her father's unpopularity but she was not much run after, being a pale, neutral little creature, somewhat addicted to nervous giggling. She had silvery blonde hair and her eyes were big china blue orbs that looked as if she had been badly frightened when she was little and had never got over it.

She would much rather have walked with Joe than with Carl, with whom she did not texy in the least at home. Yet it was something of an honour, too, to have a college boy beside her, and a son of the manse at that. Shirley Blythe was with Una Meredith and both were rather silent gilbsrt such was their nature. Shirley was a lad of sixteen, sedate, sensible, thoughtful, full of a quiet humour. He was Susan's "little brown boy" yet, with his brown hair, brown eyes, and twn brown skin. He liked to walk with Una Meredith because she never tried to make him talk or badgered him with chatter.

Una was as sweet and shy as she had been in the Rainbow Valley days, and her large, dark-blue eyes were as dreamy and wistful. She had a secret, carefully-hidden fancy for Walter Blythe that nobody but Rilla ever suspected. Rilla sympathized with it and wished Tonw would return it. Gext liked Una better than Faith, whose beauty and aplomb rather overshadowed other girls—and Rilla did not enjoy being overshadowed.

But just now she was very tetx. It was so delightful to be tripping with her friends down that dark, gleaming road sprinkled with its little spruces and firs, whose balsam made all the air resinous around them. Meadows of sunset afterlight were behind the westerning hills. Before them was the shining harbour. A bell was ringing in the figst church over-harbour and the lingering dream-notes died around the dim, amethystine points.

The gulf beyond girst still silvery blue in the afterlight. Rilla loved life. She was going to have a splendid time. There was nothing in the world to worry about—not even freckles and over-long legs—nothing except one little haunting fear that nobody would ask her to dance. It was beautiful and satisfying just to be alive—to be fifteen—to be pretty.

Rilla drew a long breath of rapture—and caught it ladkes rather sharply. Jem was telling some story to Faith—something that had happened in the Balkan War. And he crawled about from man to man, to all the seniorr men round him, as long as he could, and did everything possible to relieve their sufferings—never thinking of himself—he was tying a bit of bandage round another man's leg when he went under.

They found them there, the doctor's dead hands still held the laddies tight, the bleeding was stopped and the other man's life was saved. Some hero, wasn't he, Faith? I tell you when I read that—" Jem and Faith ,adies on out of hearing.

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Gertrude Oliver suddenly shivered. Rilla pressed her arm sympathetically. I don't know why Jem tells such gruesome things at a time like this when we're all out for fun. I thought it wonderful—beautiful. Such a story makes one ashamed of ever doubting human nature. That man's action was godlike. And how humanity responds to the ideal of self-sacrifice.

As for my shiver, I don't know what caused it. The evening is certainly warm enough. Perhaps someone is walking over the dark, starshiny spot that is to be my grave. That is the explanation the old superstition would give. Well, I won't think of that on this lovely night. Do you know, Rilla, that when night-time comes I'm always glad I live in the country.

We know the real charm of night gilberg as town-dwellers never do. Every night is beautiful in the country—even the stormy ones. I love a wild night storm on this old gulf shore. As for a night like this, it is almost too beautiful—it belongs to youth and dreamland and I'm half afraid of it. Well, here we are at the House of Dreams. It seems lonely this summer. The Fords didn't come? Ford and Persis didn't. Kenneth did—but he stayed with his mother's people over-harbour.

We haven't seen a great deal of him this summer. He's a little lame, so didn't go about very much. What happened to him? He has limped a little ever since but it is getting better all the time and he expects it will be all right before long. He has been up to Ingleside only twice. He walked home with her from the over-harbour church last prayer-meeting night and the airs she has put on since would really make you weary of life. As if a Toronto boy like Ken Ford would ever really think of a country girl like Ethel!

It did not matter to her if Kenneth Ford walked home with Ethel Reese lxdies dozen times—it did lqdies Nothing that he did mattered to her. He was ages older than she senjor. He chummed with Nan and Di tirst Faith, and looked upon her, Rilla, as whom he never noticed except to tease. And she detested Ethel Reese and Flrst Reese hated her—always had hated her since Walter had pummelled Dan so notoriously in Rainbow Valley days; but why need she be thought beneath Kenneth Ford's notice because she was a wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first girl, pray?

As for Mary Vance, she was getting to be an out-and-out gossip and thought of nothing but who walked home with people! There was a little pier on the harbour shore below the House of Dreams, firat two boats were moored there. One boat was skippered by Jem Blythe, the other by Joe Milgrave, who knew all about boats and was nothing loth to let Miranda Pryor see it. They raced down the harbour and Joe's boat won.

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More boats were coming down from the Harbour Head wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first across the harbour from the western side. Everywhere there was laughter. The big white tower on Four Winds Point was overflowing with light, while its revolving beacon flashed overhead. A family from Charlottetown, relatives of the light's keeper, were summering at the light, and they were giving the party to which all the young people of Four Winds and Glen St.

Mary and over-harbour had been invited. As Jem's boat swung in below the lighthouse Rilla desperately snatched off her shoes and donned her silver slippers behind Miss Oliver's screening back. A glance had told her that the rock-cut steps climbing up to the light were lined with boys, and lighted by Chinese lanterns, and she was determined she would not walk up those steps in the heavy shoes her mother had insisted on her wearing for the road.

The slippers pinched abominably, but nobody would have suspected it as Rilla tripped smilingly up the steps, her soft dark eyes glowing and questioning, her colour deepening richly on her round, creamy cheeks. The very minute she reached the top of the steps an over-harbour boy asked her to dance and the next moment they were in the pavilion that had been built seaward of the lighthouse for dances. It was a delightful spot, roofed over with fir-boughs and hung with lanterns.

Beyond was the sea in a radiance that glowed and shimmered, to the left the moonlit crests and hollows of the sand-dunes, to the right the rocky shore with its inky shadows and its crystalline coves. Rilla and her partner swung in among the dancers; wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first drew a long breath of delight; what witching music Ned Burr of the Upper Glen was coaxing from his fiddle—it was really like the magical pipes of the old tale which compelled all who heard them to dance. How cool and fresh the gulf breeze blew; how white and wonderful the moonlight was over everything!

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This senkor life—enchanting life. Rilla felt wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first if her feet and her soul both had wings. She had so many partners that she had to split her dances. Her silver slippers seemed verily to dance of themselves and though they continued to pinch her toes and blister her heels that did not interfere with her enjoyment in the least. Ethel Reese gave her a bad ten minutes by beckoning her mysteriously out of the pavilion and whispering, with a Reese-like smirk, that her dress gaped behind and that there was a stain on the flounce.

Rilla rushed miserably to the room in the lighthouse which was fitted up for a temporary ladies' dressing-room, and discovered that the stain was merely a tiny grass smear and that the gap was equally tiny where a hook had pulled loose. Irene Howard fastened it up for her and gave her some over-sweet, condescending compliments. Rilla felt flattered by Irene's condescension. She was an Upper Glen girl of nineteen who seemed to like the society of the younger girls—spiteful friends said because she could queen it over them without rivalry.

But Rilla thought Irene quite wonderful texr loved her for her patronage. Irene was pretty and stylish; she sang divinely and spent every winter in Charlottetown taking music lessons. She had an wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first in Montreal who sent her wonderful things to wear; she was reported to wanha had a sad love affair—nobody knew just what, but its very mystery allured.

Rilla felt that Irene's compliments crowned her evening. She ran gaily back to the pavilion and lingered for a moment in the glow of the lanterns at the entrance looking at the dancers. A momentary break in the whirling throng gave her a glimpse of Kenneth Ford standing at the other side. Rilla's heart skipped a beat—or, if that be a physiological impossibility, she thought it did. So he was here, after all. She had concluded he was not coming—not that it mattered in the least.

Would he see her? Would he take any notice of her? Of course, he wouldn't ask her to dance—that couldn't be hoped for. He thought her just a mere. He had called her "Spider" not three weeks ago when he had been at Ingleside one evening. She had cried about it upstairs afterwards and hated him. But her heart skipped a beat when she saw that he was edging his way round the side of the pavilion towards her.

Was he coming to her—was he? He was looking for her—he was here beside her—he was gazing down at her with something in his dark grey eyes that Gulbert had never seen in them.

Oh, it was almost too much to bear! Kenneth was a tall lad, very good looking, with a certain careless grace of bearing that somehow made all the other boys seem stiff and awkward by contrast. He was reported to be awesomely clever, with the glamour of a far-away city and a big university hanging around him. He had wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first the reputation of being a bit of a lady-killer. But that probably accrued to him from his possession of a laughing, velvety voice which no girl could hear without a heartbeat, and a dangerous way of listening as if she were saying something that he had longed all his life to hear.

Rilla had lisped in early childhood; but she had grown out of it.

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Only on occasions of stress and strain did the tendency re-assert itself. She hadn't lisped for a year; and now at this very moment, when she was so especially desirous of appearing grown up and sophisticated, she must go and lisp like a baby! It was too mortifying; she felt as if tears were going to come into her eyes; the next minute she would be—blubbering—yes, just blubbering—she wished Kenneth would go away—she wished he had never come. The party was spoiled.

Everything had turned to dust and ashes. And he had called her "Rilla-my-Rilla"—not "Spider" or "Kid" or "Puss," as he had been used to call her when he took any notice whatever of her. She did not at all resent his using Walter's pet name for her; it sounded beautifully in his low caressing tones, with just the faintest suggestion of emphasis on the "my.

She dared not look up lest she should see laughter in his eyes. So she looked down; and as her lashes were very long and dark and her lids very thick and creamy, the effect was quite charming and provocative, and Kenneth reflected that Rilla Blythe was going to be the beauty of the Ingleside wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first after all.

He wanted to make her look up—to catch again that little, demure, questioning glance. She was the prettiest thing wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first the party, there was no doubt of that. What was he saying? Rilla could hardly believe her ears. She said it with such a fierce determination not to lisp that she fairly blurted the word out. Then she writhed in spirit again. It sounded so bold—so eager—as if she were fairly jumping at him!

What would he think of her? Oh, why did dreadful things like this happen, just when a girl wanted to appear at her best? Kenneth drew her in among the dancers. Oh, why couldn't she think of something else to say? She knew he was sick of inquiries about his ankle. She had heard him say so at Ingleside—heard him tell Di he was going to wear a placard on his breast announcing to all and sundry that the ankle was improving, etc.

And now she must go and ask this stale question again. Kenneth was tired of inquiries about his ankle. But then he had not often been asked about it by lips with such an adorable kissable dent just above them. Perhaps that was why he answered very patiently that it was getting on well and didn't trouble him much, if he didn't walk or stand too long at a time. After the dance they went down the rock steps and Kenneth found a little flat and they rowed across the moonlit channel to the sand-shore; they walked on the sand till Kenneth's ankle made protest and then they sat down among the dunes.

Kenneth talked to her as he had talked to Nan and Di. Rilla, overcome with a shyness she did not understand, could not talk much, and thought he would think her frightfully stupid; but in spite of this it was all very wonderful—the exquisite moonlit night, the shining sea, the tiny little wavelets swishing on the sand, the cool and freakish wind of night crooning in the stiff grasses on the crest of the dunes, the music sounding faintly and sweetly over the channel.

Just he and she alone together in the glamour of sound and sight! If only her slippers didn't bite so! But words would not come, she could only listen and murmur little commonplace sentences now and again. But perhaps her dreamy eyes and her dented lip and her slender throat talked eloquently for her. At any rate Kenneth seemed in no hurry to suggest going back and when they did go back supper was in progress.

He found a seat for her near the window of the lighthouse kitchen and sat on the sill beside her while she ate her ices and cake. Rilla looked about her and thought how lovely her first party had been. She would never forget it. There was a little disturbance among a group of boys crowded about the door; a young fellow pushed through and halted on the threshold, looking about him rather sombrely.

It was Jack Elliott from over-harbour—a McGill medical student, a quiet chap not much addicted to social doings. He had been invited to the party but had not been expected to come since he had to go to Charlottetown that day and could not be back until late. Yet here he was—and he carried a folded paper in his hand. Gertrude Oliver looked at him from her corner and shivered again. She had enjoyed the party herself, after all, for she had foregathered with a Charlottetown acquaintance who, being a stranger and much older than most of the guests, felt himself rather out of it, and had been glad to fall in with this clever girl who could talk of world doings and outside events with the zest and vigour of a man.

In the pleasure of his society she had forgotten some of her misgivings of the day. Now they suddenly returned to her. What news did Jack Elliott bring? Lines from an old poem flashed unbidden into her mind—"there was a sound of revelry by night"—"Hush! A deep sound strikes like a rising knell"—why should she think of that now?

Why didn't Jack Elliott speak—if he had anything to tell. But somebody else had already asked him. The room grew very silent all at once. Outside the fiddler had stopped for a rest and there was silence there too. Afar off they heard the low moan of the gulf—the presage of a storm already on its way up the Atlantic.

A girl's laugh drifted up from the rocks and died away as if frightened out of existence by the sudden stillness. The first wave has broken. A chorus of exclamations had arisen round them—light surprise and idle interest for the most part. Few there realized the import of the message—fewer still realized that it meant anything to them.

Before long the dancing was on again and the hum of pleasure was as loud as ever. Gertrude and Allan Daly talked the news over in low, troubled tones. Walter Blythe had turned pale and left the room. Outside he met Jem, hurrying up the rock steps. The Piper has come. I knew England wouldn't leave France in the lurch. I've been trying to get Captain Josiah to hoist the flag but he says it isn't the proper caper till sunrise.

Jack says they'll be calling for volunteers tomorrow. She was sitting out with Miller Douglas on a lobster—trap which was not only an unromantic but an uncomfortable seat. But Mary and Miller were both supremely happy on it. Miller Douglas was a big, strapping, uncouth lad, who thought Mary Vance's tongue uncommonly gifted and Mary Vance's white eyes stars of the first magnitude; and neither of them had the least inkling why Jem Blythe wanted to hoist the lighthouse flag.

I'm sure it doesn't concern us. You will weep tears of blood over it. The Piper has come—and he will pipe until every corner of the world has heard his awful and irresistible music. It will be years before the dance of death is over—years, Mary. And in those years millions of hearts will break. She didn't know what Walter meant but she felt uncomfortable. Walter Blythe was always saying odd things. England will just wipe Germany off the map in no time.

It is a death grapple. Germany comes to conquer or to die. And do you know what will happen if she conquers? Canada will be a German colony. No Germans need apply for this old country, eh? She got up and dragged Miller off to the rock-shore. It didn't happen often that they had a chance for a talk together; Mary was determined that this one shouldn't be spoiled by Walter Blythe's silly blather about Pipers and Germans and such like absurd things.

They left Walter standing alone on the rock steps, looking out over the beauty of Four Winds with brooding eyes that saw it not. The best of the evening was over for Rilla, too. Ever since Jack Elliott's announcement, she had sensed that Kenneth was no longer thinking about her. She felt suddenly lonely and unhappy. It was worse than if he had never noticed her at all. Was life like this—something delightful happening and then, just as you were revelling in it, slipping away from you? Rilla told herself pathetically that she felt years older than when she had left home that evening.

Perhaps she did—perhaps she was. Who knows? It does not do to laugh at the pangs of youth. They are very terrible because youth has not yet learned that "this, too, will pass away. He really didn't care a bit whether she were tired or not, she thought. Of course it will matter to the lucky fellows who will be able to take a hand. I won't—thanks to this confounded ankle. Rotten luck, I call it. We are part of the British Empire.

It's a family affair. We've got to stand by each other.

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The worst of it is, it will be over before I can be of any use. You see they'll go by thousands. Jem'll be off, I'll bet a cent—Walter won't be strong wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first yet, I suppose. And Jerry Meredith—he'll go! And I was worrying about being out of football this year! Jem—and Jerry! Why father and Mr. Meredith wouldn't allow it. They weren't through college.

Oh, why hadn't Jack Elliott kept his horrid news to himself? Wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first Warren came up and asked her to dance. Rilla went, knowing Kenneth didn't care whether she went or stayed. An hour ago on the sand-shore he had been looking at her as if she were the only being of any importance in the world. And now she was nobody. His thoughts were full of this Great Game which was to be played out on bloodstained fields with empires for stakes—a Game in which womenkind could have no part.

Women, thought Rilla miserably, just had to sit and cry at home. But all this was foolishness. Kenneth couldn't go—he admitted that himself—and Walter couldn't—thank goodness for that—and Jem and Jerry would have more sense. She wouldn't worry—she would enjoy herself. But how awkward Mark Warren was! How he bungled his steps! Why, for mercy's sake, did boys try to dance who didn't know the first thing about dancing; and who had feet as big as boats?

She danced with others, though the zest was gone out of the performance and she had begun to realize that her slippers hurt her badly. Kenneth seemed to have gone—at least nothing was to be seen of him. Her first party was spoiled, though it had seemed so beautiful at one time. Her head ached—her toes burned. And worse was yet to come. She had gone down with some over-harbour friends to the rock-shore where they all lingered as dance after dance went on above them.

It was cool and pleasant and they were tired. Rilla sat silent, taking no part in the gay conversation. She was glad when someone called down that the over-harbour boats were leaving.

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A laughing scramble up the lighthouse rock followed. A few couples qanna whirled about in the pavilion but the crowd had thinned out. Rilla looked about her for the Glen group. She could not see one of them. Wanna gilbert town senior ladies text first ran into the lighthouse. Still no of anybody. In dismay she ran to the rock steps, down which the over-harbour guests were hurrying. She could see the boats below—where was Jem's—where was Joe's?

And the rest went with Joe about test minutes ago. See—they're just going around Birch Point. I didn't go because it's getting gilgert and I knew I'd be seasick. I don't mind walking home from here. It's only a mile and a half. Wana s'posed you'd gone. Where were you? Oh, why didn't they look for me? Then they concluded you must have gone in the other boat. Don't worry. You can stay all night with me and we'll 'phone up to Ingleside where you are.

Her lips trembled and tears came into her eyes. She blinked savagely—she would not let Mary Vance see her crying. But to be forgotten like this! To think nobody had thought it worth while to make sure where she was—not even Walter. Then she had a sudden dismayed recollection. Gikbert have to ask Hazel Ladie to lend you a pair of shoes. Pride must suffer pain. It'll teach you to be more careful. Well, let's hike. But to "hike" along a deep-rutted, pebbly lane in frail, silver-hued slippers with high French heels, is not an exhilarating performance.

Rilla managed to limp and totter along until they reached the harbour road; but she could go no farther in those detestable slippers.