Her Mother's Secret ~~ E.D.E.N. Southworth


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"Mother Oh, mother it will break my heart " wailed Odalite, sinking at the lady's feet, and dropping her head into her hands, face downward to the carpet. The lady gently raised her child, took her in her arms and tenderly caressed her, murmuring, softly: "No, my own hearts never break, or one heart, I know, must have broken long ago. Besides," she added, in a firmer tone, "honor must be saved, though hearts be sacrificed." "'Honor, ' mother dear? I do not understand. I do not see what honor has to do with it. Or if it has, I should think that honor would be better saved by my keeping faith with Le than by breaking with him Oh, mother mother it will kill me " moaned Odalite. "My child, my dear girl, hear me Listen to reason Leonidas Force has no claim to be remembered by you. You have never been engaged to him. You were but a little girl of thirteen when he went to sea on his first voyage, three years ago, and you have not seen him since. What possible claim can he have upon you, since no betrothal exists between you?" gently questioned the lady, tenderly running her fair fingers through the dark tresses of the young head that leaned upon her bosom. "Oh, mother," replied the girl, with a heavy sigh, "I know that there was no formal betrothal between Le and myself-but-but-we all knew, you and father and Le and I-all knew-and always knew that we two belonged to each other and would always belong to each other all our lives. Le and I never thought of any other fate." Full Synopsis
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