gomeri starte▓d from her side, and hurried▓ly paced the room.
She laid her h▓and gently on his arm, and looked up confidi▓ngly in his face; but its expression was enou●gh.Shrinking from him, she implored, “Gabriel●, Gabriel, look not on me thus, or t▓hat fearful dream will come again!”
“Would●, would to God it were a dream!
” he ▓exclaimed, and his han
ds clasped both he●rs with convulsive pressure.“Idalie, I am ▓no Catholic; I dare not again ▓kneel as I have knelt, or pr▓ay as I have prayed.No, not● even to retain thy precious love▓, to claim thee mine—thee, dearer than● life, than happiness, than all, sav▓e eter
nity—I dare not deny my faith.But, ●oh, is there no other way Can it be, tha▓t for this, a firm conviction▓ of truth
, an honest avowal of that which my▓ soul believes, for this that we must part▓ Idalie, canst thou sentence me to this”
▓ “I have sworn,” she said, her white lip▓s q
uivering with the effort.“My▓ vow is registered in heaven〃埅sworn unto the dead; by death only to ●be absolved.”
“To retain the l●ine of Montemar unsullied
in its ancient ▓faith.Idalie, oh, hear me; let me plea●d now! Give to Louis de Montemar the gover●nment of thine ancestral lands, the control of● thy vassals.Thou sha
lt seek them when th●ou wilt, unaccompanied by thy husban●d, unshackled by his counsels.I● ask but for thee; and here,● far removed from the blood ●and misery deluging unhappy ?/p>
團rance, we may live for each other still.May n●ot this be, love, and yet thy vow remain unbr●oken”
“Montgomeri, it may not be,●
” she said, in a low yet collected t▓one, for it seemed as if the no▓ble spirit of her race returned to give her str▓ength for that harrowing hour.
“Tem▓pt me not by such words as these—the love ▓I bear thee is trial all-sufficien●t.My oath was pledged that I would never ●wed with heresy—never give my hand t▓o one unfaithful to our old a
nd saint●ed creed.Perchance that oath alon▓e may save me from a like perdition, and if s▓o, then is it well.”
“And doth ▓thou scorn me for this—despise and loa▓the me Oh, Idalie, thou knowest▓ not all I have endured.In