Mrs. Baker and John were with us; Ned was not, but I knew that he would follow.
She had been vexed by Ned's admiration for me; and yet—and yet she didn't understand.
It is his right to know the truth, and—what can Ned say while I'm affianced?
I longed to be by myself that I might recall Ned's every look and word.
How could I chatter nothings when Ned was by my side, smiling ...