se, that you had better go now. The people are coming out of church, and Aunt Betty may be back at any moment; and I don’t wish her to find you here before you have spoken to father.”
Rhoda stood up as she said it, and Diamond had no choice but to rise too, and say farewell. He drew her gently towards him and kissed her. “Will you try to love me, Rhoda?” he said, in a tone of almost sad entreaty. “Do you think you shall be able to love me a 杭州桑拿验证 little?”
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