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Manning," she said, "for a time--Will you tell no one? Will you keep
this--our secret? I'm doubtful--Will you please not even tell my aunt?"
"As you will," he said. "But if my manner tells! I cannot help it if
that shows. You only mean a secret for a little time?"
"Just for a little time," she said; "yes...."
But the ring, and her aunt's triumphant eye, and a note of approval in
her father's manner, and a novel disposition in him to praise Manning
in a just, impartial voice had soon placed very definite qualifications
upon that covenanted secrecy.
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