But this news had not produced what she had expected in him; he simply seemed as though he were resenting some affront.
"It was not in the least painful to me.
It happened of itself," she said irritably; "and see..." she pulled her husband's letter out of her glove.
"I understand, I understand," he interrupted her, taking the letter, but not reading it, and trying to soothe her.
" The one thing I longed for, the one thing I prayed for, was to cut short this position, so as to devote my life to your happiness.

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