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I remem ber that she was playing a compositi on by Chopi n, a curious black-coloured thing, when I first came into her company ; and now, even as I write, when our love is over, I hear that sombr e music again . But the impor- tant matte r is, that here was the perso n I had been seeking so long; here was the mind to meet with m j' mind ; with her I could , at length, get out of myself (as we now say); becom e free. All the dear thoug hts which had for years dwelt with me in close privateness , I gave to her; all my desires, all my mean hopes .
The sermon I suppose, was dull and commonplace enough, but if the speaker had verily seen into the mind of one of his listeners, the effect could not have been more disastrous. Orange waited till the torture became unbearable, till he could actually feel the horrid, stifling weight of earth pressing him down in his coffin, and keeping him there for ages and ages : then with a heavy groan he started up, and rushed forth with such vehemence, that he knocked down and trampled on the little girl, in his haste to get out of sight of the white faces of people scared at his face, and the child's ~d cry was borne to him out in the dark street.
Muttered Orange, gropmg for his hat. -I tell you I want some air ! " he broke out m a vmce that was like a frightened cry, as he fumbled with the door of the box. A certain man with a kind heart followed him into the f oyer. " Can I do anything for you, old chap? " replied Orange ; and he said it in such a tone, and with a face so frightfully contorted, that those standing about fell back feeling queer, and the questioner returned to the box very gravely, and thought on his soul for the rest of the evening.