76 TOM SAWYER.
" No, now."
"No, not now—to-morrowI'
" O, no, now. Please Becky—1*11 whisper it, I'll whisper it ever so easy."
Becky hesitating, Tom took silence for consent, and passed his arm about her waist and whispered the tale ever so softly, with his mouth close to her ear. • And then he added:
" Now you whisper it to me—just the same."
She resisted, for a while, and then said:
" You turn your face away so you can't see, and then I will. But you mustn't ever tell anybody—will you, Tom ? Now you won't, will you ? "
u No, indeed indeed I won't. Now Becky."
He turned his face away. She bent timidly around till her breath stirred his curls and whispered, " I—love—you !"
Then she sprang away and ran around and around the desks and benches, with Tom after her, and took refuge in a corner at last, with her little white apron to her face. Tom clasped her about her neck and pleaded :
" Now Becky, it's all done—all over but the kiss. Don't you be afraid of that —it aint anything at all. Please, Becky."—And he tugged at her apron and the hands.
By and by she gave up, and let her hands drop; her face, all glowing with the struggle, came up and submitted. Tom kissed the red lips and said:
" Now it's all done, Becky. And always after this, you know, you ain't ever to love anybody but me, and you ain't ever to marry anybody but me, never never and forever. Will you ? "
"No, I'll never love anybody but you, Tom, and I'll never marry anybody but you—and-you ain't to ever marry anybody but me, either."
"Certainly. Of course. That's part of it. And always coming to school or when we're going home, you're to walk Avith me, when there ain't anybody looking—and you choose me and I choose you at parties, because that's the •way you do when you're engaged."
" It's so nice. I never heard of it before."
" Oh its ever so gay! Why me and Amy Lawrence ?"—