to Wolkenstein Court, after the death of my wife, I brought with me a tutor, the old magister, who died last spring. Erna had instruction from him, and I have brought her up. She is just what I wished her to be; we have no use up here for such a delicate hot-house plant as your Alice. My girl is healthy in body and mind; she has grown up free as a bird of the air, and she shall stay so. If you call that running wild, so be it, for aught I care! My child suits me."
"Perhaps so, but you will not always be the sole ruling force in her life. If Erna should marry----"
"Mar--ry?" Thurgau repeated in dismay.
"Certainly, you must expect her to have lovers, sooner or later."
"The fellow who dares to present himself as such shall have a lesson from me that he'll remember!" roared the Freiherr in a rage.
"You bid fair to be an amiable father-in-law," said Nordheim, dryly. "I should suppose it was a girl's destiny to marry. Do you imagine I shall require my Alice to remain unm