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Under the Greenwood Tree

PART II: 1. Passing By The School
PART THE SECOND--SPRING
It followed that, as the spring advanced, Dick walked abroad much more frequently than
had hitherto been usual with him, and was continually finding that his nearest way to or
from home lay by the road which skirted the garden of the school. The first-fruits of his
perseverance were that, on turning the angle on the nineteenth journey by that track, he
saw Miss Fancy's figure, clothed in a dark-gray dress, looking from a high open window
upon the crown of his hat. The friendly greeting resulting from this rencounter was
considered so valuable an elixir that Dick passed still oftener; and by the time he had
almost trodden a little path under the fence where never a path was before, he was
rewarded with an actual meeting face to face on the open road before her gate. This
brought another meeting, and another, Fancy faintly showing by her bearing that it was a
pleasure to her of some kind to see him there but the sort of pleasure she derived, whether
exultation at the hope her exceeding fairness inspired, or the true feeling which was alone
Dick's concern, he could not anyhow decide, although he meditated on her every little
movement for hours after it was made.
 
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