ng-absent lover carries off the wife and child of a successful but unworthy rival, and the tale ends with the words: The sun shone on the dazzling, rustling wheat; the fathomless sky as a sea bent over them, and the world lay before them.
But when I pointed out to her, what one would think must be clear at a glance to every reader, that behind this momentary gleam of beauty lay an absolutely hopeless future; that though the impulse of action was wholly generous, and not even passional, yet Nemesis was close behind; and that the mere fact of the woman's carrying another man's baby in her arms would prevent all permanent happiness with her lover; my friend could only reply that it was all very true, but she had never thought of it. In other words, the guide-board was not there.
The only thing that could have disarmed her criticism would have been a distinct announcement on the author's part: N. B. The situation is dangerous; just as Miss Edgeworth used to append to every particularly