“ He was certainly a man of iron nerve. He took my remarks without a sign either of surprise or of defiance, but listened gravely and attentively until I had finished. Then he walked across the room without a word and struck the bell.
“‘ Ask Miss Andreas to be so kind as to step this way,’ said he to the servant.
“ My daughter entered, and the man closed the door behind her. Then he took her hand in his.
“‘ Elise,’ said he, ‘your father has just discovered that I am a villain. He knows now what you knew before.’
“ She stood in silence, listening.
“‘ He says that we are to part for ever,’ said he.
“ She did not withdraw her hand.
“‘ Will you be true to me, or will you remove the last good influence which is ever likely to come into my life?’
“‘ John,’ she cried, pa