r fearful, doesn't she?"
"She is beautiful only to those who love her," said Father Time.
This seemed reassuring; and now Everychild ventured to address the Masked Lady directly. "And--and will you go with me?" he asked timidly.
She replied with great earnestness: "Everychild, go where you will, you have only to desire me greatly and I shall be with you."
Then it seemed to Everychild that it would not be a very terrible thing to go away, after all.
It was plain that Father Time and the Masked Lady were waiting for him to go; and so without any more ado he boldly approached the door which opened out upon the street. But his heart failed him again. He drew back from the door and cried out--"No, no! I cannot. I cannot go out that way. Is there no other way for me to go?"
It seemed to him that his heart must cease to beat when Father Time exclaimed in a loud voice--
Still he hung back. "But not that way!" he repeated. "The wide world lies that way, and I should be