98 THE SHADOWS.
child, when she followed a dead one to the grave, —The next will fare better."
"1 put a stop to a wedding," said another.
" Horrid shade !" remarked a poetic imp.
11 How ? " said others. " Tell us how."
"Only by throwing a darkness, as if from the branch of a sconce, over the forehead of a fair girl.—They are not married yet, and I do not think they will be. But I loved the youth who loved her. How he started ! It was a revelation to him."
11 But did it not deceive him ? "
" Quite the contrary."
"But it was only a shadow from the outside, not a shadow coming through from the soul of the girl."
"Yes. You may say so. But it was all that was wanted to make the meaning of her forehead manifest—yes, of her whole face, which had now