Clements at once confided her errand to him, and entreated that he would help to allay Anne's anxiety by trusting his message to her.
Clements replied, in the greatest alarm and distress, that she asked nothing better than to take Anne safely to London, but that there was no present hope of removing her from the dangerous neighbourhood, as she lay ill in her bed at that moment.
This medicine had an extraordinary effect on Anne, and the good results of it were helped by the assurance Mrs.
Clements, for the purpose of arranging a future interview with Anne. Mrs.
"I wonder if it will be -- can be -- any more beautiful than this," murmured Anne, looking around her with the loving, enraptured eyes of those to whom "home" must always be the loveliest spot in the world, no matter what fairer lands may lie under alien stars.
They were leaning on the bridge of the old pond, drinking deep of the enchantment of the dusk, just at the spot where Anne had climbed from her sinking Dory on the day Elaine floated down to Camelot.
"I'm afraid to speak or move for fear all this wonderful beauty will vanish just like a broken silence," breathed Anne.
But Anne snatched her hand away and turned quickly.
Rapt and radiant Anne continued until they were in the very presence of Mrs.
Anne clasped her hands together, bowed her head, and waited for the word of judgment.
But the former under- stood in dismay that Anne was actually enjoying her valley of humiliation--was reveling in the thoroughness of her abasement.
She only perceived that Anne had made a very thorough apology and all resentment vanished from her kindly, if somewhat officious, heart.