both, and my wallet too, and if you find them all and get them to

me safely you shall be bridesmaid and groomsman and best man and

usher and maid of honor at a wedding, in less than an hour! Off

with you! Drive straight and use the whip on Dolly!"

When he reentered the kitchen, flushed with joy and excitement,

Rose put the various good things on the table and he almost

tremblingly took his seat, fearing that contact with the solid

wood might wake him from this entrancing vision.

"I'd like to put you in your chair like a queen and wait on you,"

he said with a soft boyish stammer; "but I am too dazed with

happiness to be of any use."

"It's my turn to wait upon you, and I--Oh! how I love to have

you dazed," Rose answered. "I'll be at the table presently

myself; but we have been housekeeping only three minutes, and we

have nothing but the tin coffee-pot this morning, so I'll pour

the coffee from the stove."

She filled a cup with housewifely care and brought it to

Stephen's side. As she set it down and was turning, she caught

his look,--a look so full of longing that no loving woman,

however busy, could have resisted it; then she stooped and kissed

him fondly, fervently.

Stephen put his arm about her, and, drawing her down to his knee,

rested his head against her soft shoulder with a sigh of comfort,

like that of a tired child. He had waited for it ten years; and

at last the dream-room had come true.

End of The Project Gutenberg Etext of Rose O' the River by Kate Douglas Wiggin

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