Excerpt: ... to doing things myself. It might have been too late for Milly if I'd waited." "Thank God, I wasn't too late for you." The boat was at the shore now; and as he spoke Captain John held out his hands to help Ruth down, for, encumbered with her long dress, and still weak from past suffering, she could not spring to land as she used to do ...
Excerpt: ... to doing things myself. It might have been too late for Milly if I'd waited." "Thank God, I wasn't too late for you." The boat was at the shore now; and as he spoke Captain John held out his hands to help Ruth down, for, encumbered with her long dress, and still weak from past suffering, she could not spring to land as she used to do in her short gown. For the first time the color deepened in her cheek as she looked into the face before her and read the meaning of the eyes that found her beautiful and dear, and the lips that thanked God for her salvation so fervently. She did not speak, but let him lift her down, draw her hand through his arm, and lead her up the rocky slope to the little pool that lay waiting for the sun's first rays to wake from its sleep. He paused there, and with his hand on hers said quietly, - "Ruth, before I go I want to tell you something, and this is a good time and place. While Aunt Mary watched the flowers, I've watched you, and found the girl I've always wanted for my wife. Modest and brave, dutiful and true, that's what I love; could you give me all this, dear, for the little I can offer, and next year sail with Sammy and a very happy man if you say yes?" "I'm not half good and wise enough for that! Remember what I am," began Ruth, bending her head as if the thought were more than she could bear. "I do remember, and I'm proud of it! Why, dear heart, I've worked my way up from a common sailor, and am the better for it. Now I've got my ship, and I want a mate to make a home for me aboard and ashore. Look up and tell me that I didn't read those true eyes wrong." Then Ruth lifted up her face, and the sunshine showed him all he asked to know, as she answered with her heart in her voice and the "true eyes" fixed on his, - "I tried not to love you, knowing what a poor ignorant girl I am; but you were so kind to me, how could I help it, John?" That satisfied him, and he sealed his happy thanks on the innocent lips none had...
Good. No Jacket. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. ND on title page. Hard bound in publisher's blue cloth covers.286 numbered pages. Varying wear to some edges. Spine cover present but loosened on one side. Writing on title page. A complete copy.
Very Good+ No Jacket. Reprint. Sml 8vo in dec. white cloth. A volume in the Louisa May Alcott Library. Tape marks to enpprs and inside cvrs due to dust jacket previously taped, else VG+ with partial dust jacket laid in.
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