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Meg watched her as she went Then she turned into the house to stop the kitchen clock and out to lock the stable door

Through the trees Winso before he saw her She was a woman; he was only a naturalist and a man She drew the sunbonnet a little farther over her eyes He started at last, turned, and caerly towards her

Jock Gordon, who had reate at the end of the house as if to shut it

"Co sharply

Jock turned quite as briskly

"I was gaun to stand wi' my back til't, sae that they micht ken there was naebody luikin' D'ye think Jock Gordon haes nae nantly

"Staun wi' yer back to a creel o' peats, Jock; it'll fit ye better!" ooserved Meg, giving him the wicker basket with the broad leather strap which was used at Craig Ronald for bringing the peats in from the stack

Winsome had not meant to look at Ralph as she ca for her ever again to co upon her

But as soon as she saw him, her eyes sorass beneath, as he careat branches of the oak-trees by the little pond She had meant to tell him that he must not touch her --she was not to be touched; yet she went straight into his open arreat eyes, still deith the war his love safe in his arms, he drew her to him and upon her sweet lips took his first kiss of love

"At last!" he said, after a silence

The sun was rising over the hills of heather League after league of the imperial colour rolled ard as the level rays of the sun touched it

"Now do you understand, ht of the sun, or only soe from the miles of Galloway heather that stretched to the north, but it is certain that there was a glow of more than earthly beauty on Winsome's face as she stood up, still within his arms, and said: "I do not understand at all, but I love you"

Then, because there is nothing ood woman, or more surely an inheritance froarden than her way of showing that she gives her all, Winsome laid her either hand on her lover's shoulders and drew his face down to hers--laying her lips to his of her own free will and accord, without sha, or coquetry of refusal, in that full kiss of first surrender which a woive once, but never twice, in her life