he flare of reproach turned to hopeless woe. And she was glad that he suffered: exalted, so that she, too, trembled.
"Oh," he pleaded, "say that I will always be with you!"
She would not: but continued to exult in his woeful apprehension.
"Tell me, mother!" he implored. "Tell me!"
Not yet: for there was no delight to be compared with the proved knowledge of his love.
"Mother!" he cried.
"You do not love me," she said, to taunt him.
"Oh, don't!" he moaned.
"No, no!" she persisted. "You don't love your mother any more."
He was by this reduced to uttermost despair; and he began to beat his breast, in the pitiful way he had. Perceiving, then, that she must no longer bait him, she opened her arms. He sprang into them. At once his sobs turned to sighs of infinite relief, which continued, until, of a sudden, he was hugged so tight that he had no breath left but to gasp.
"And you will always be with me?" he asked.
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