That night Speed did not go upstairs to bed with us, but under pretense of wanting to read, remained in the store below.
He was waiting for Lincoln
Ten o'clock passed, and still the interview with Miss Todd
had not ended.
At length, shortly after eleven, he came stalking in. Speed was satisfied, from the length of Lincoln
's stay, that his directions had not been followed.
“Well, old fellow, did you do as I told you and as you promised?”
's first words.
“Yes, I did,” responded Lincoln
, thoughtfully, “and when I told Mary I did not love her, she burst into tears and almost springing from her chair and wringing her hands as if in agony, said something about the deceiver being himself deceived.”
Then he stopped.
“What else did you say?”
inquired Speed, drawing the facts from him.
“To tell you the truth Speed, it was too much for me. I found the tears trickling down my own cheeks.
I caught her in my arms and kissed her.”
“And that's how you broke the engagement,” sneered Speed.
“You not only acted the fool, but your conduct was tantamount to a renewal of the engagement, and in decency you cannot back down now.”
“Well,” drawled Lincoln
, “if I am in again, so be it. It's done, and I shall abide by it.”
Convinced now that Miss Todd
regarded the engagement ratified,--instead of broken, as her tall