The Wedding-Ring -- Messengers at the Window -- The Countersign of the Cradle -- The Key of the Tower -- The Ripening of the Fruit -- The King's Jewel -- The Music-Lover -- Humoreske -- An Old Game -- The Unruly Sprite -- A Change of Air -- The Night Call -- The Effectual Fervent Prayer -- The Return of the Charm -- Beggars Under the Bush -- Stronghold -- In the Odour of Sanctity -- The Sad Shepherd -- The Mansion
lies open to the floating germs of mistrust and suspicion. And so it was Prosper who began to have doubts whether Toinette thought of him as much when he was away as when he was with her; whether her gladness when he came home was not something that she put on to fool him and humour him; whether her badinage with the commercial travellers (and especially with that good-looking Irishman, Flaherty from Montreal, of whom the village gossips had much to say) might not be more serious than it looked; whether--ah, well, you know, when a man begins to follow fool thoughts like that, they carry him pretty far astray in the wilderness.
Prosper was a good fellow with a touch of the prig in him. He was a Catholic with a Puritan temperament and a Gallic imagination. The idolatry of Toinette had, as a matter of fact, spoiled him a little; it was so much that he weakly questioned the reality of it, as if it were too good to be true. All the time he was in Ottawa and on the journey those fool thoughts hobble
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