our hands. Need I say any more after that?" "Oh, you try me sorely," Vera cried; "and yet my path is quit
e plain. Even at the risk of incurring your displeasure, I cannot remain here. And now I come to the point. Before I go I want you to tell me who I am, and who my parents are." "Yes; I think you have a right to know that," Ravenspur said thoughtfully; "but, if you don'
t mind, we will not go into that tonight. It is too late, and the story is too long. Believe me, you will be the happier for asking no questions. There is a dark tragedy behind your young life which is now forgotten, and I am perfectly sure you would bitterly regret it if
you stirred the scandal up again. 'Let sleeping dogs lie,' Vera. Be content to know that you are of good family, and leave the rest alone." The girl's face grew a shade paler. Her eyes had a suggestion of pain in them as she turned to the speaker. "I think I unders
tand," she murmured. "If my suspicions are correct, this is a great blow to me; but, having said so much, I think I must know the rest. And now,