with whom, owing to the terrible circumstance with which his sorrow was surrounded, he
could speak freely.
"I know now how I suffered," he said, as he dried his eyes, "but I do not know even yet,
and none other can ever know, how much your sweet sympathy has been to me today. I
shall know better in time, and believe me that, though I am not ungrateful now, my
gratitude will grow with my understanding. You will let me be like a brother, will you not,
for all our lives, for dear Lucy's sake?" "For dear Lucy's sake," I said as we clasped
hands."Ay, and for your own sake," he added, "for if a man's esteem and gratitude are
ever worth the winning, you have won mine today. If ever the future should bring to you
a time when you need a man's help, believe me, you will not call in vain. God grant that
no such time may ever come to you to break the sunshine of your life, but if it should
ever come, promise me that you will let me know."
He was so earnest, and his sorrow was so fresh, that I felt it would comfort him, so I
said, "I promise."
As I came along the corridor I say Mr. Morris looking out of a window. He turned as he
heard my footsteps. "How is Art?" he said. Then noticing my red eyes, he went on, "Ah,
I see you have been comforting him. Poor old fellow! He needs it. No one but a woman
can help a man when he is in trouble of the heart, and he had no one to comfort him."
He bore his own trouble so bravely that my heart bled for him. I saw the manuscript in
his hand, and I knew that when he read it he would realize how much I knew, so I said
to him, "I wish I could comfort all who suffer from the heart. Will you let me be your
friend, and will you come to me for comfort if you need it? You will know later why I
He saw that I was in earnest, and stooping, took my hand, and raising it to his lips,
kissed it. It seemed but poor comfort to so brave and unselfish a soul, and impulsively I
bent over and kissed him. The tears rose in his eyes, and there was a momentary
choking in his throat. He said quite calmly, "Little girl, you will never forget that true
hearted kindness, so long as ever you live!" Then he went into the study to his friend.
"Little girl!" The very words he had used to Lucy, and, oh, but he proved himself a