"Never mind," she answered. "You see, I have certain sources of information about you."
He tingled over this, and puzzled over it so long that she laughed.
"Does that surprise you?" she asked. "I fail to see why I should be expected to lose all interest in my friends--even if they appear to have lost interest in me."
"Oh, don't say that!" he cried so sharply that she wished her words unsaid. "You can't mean it! You don't know!"
She trembled at the vigorous passion he put into the words.
"No, I don't mean it," she said gently.
The wind had made a rent in the sheet of the clouds, and through it burst the moon in her full glory, flooding field and pasture, and the black stretches of pine forest at their feet. Below them the land fell away, and fell again to the distant broadening valley, to where a mist of white vapour hid the course of the Blue. And beyond, the hills rose again, tier upon tier, to the shadowy outline of Sawanec herself against the hurrying clouds and the light-washed sky. Victoria, gazing at the scene, drew a deep breath, and turned and looked at him in the quick way which he remembered so well.
"Sometimes," she said, "it is so beautiful that it hurts to look at it. You love it--do you ever feel that way?"