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Excerpt: ...He touched the book-holder lightly on the arm, to turn her away from the sun. Her shadow fell across the open page; their backs were to the wagon. So they stood a full half-minute, -Thane seeing nothing, hearing his heart beat preposterously in the silence. "Why don't you praise my sign-posts?" asked Daphne nervously. "See my beautiful distance, -one straight line!" "I have changed my plans a little," said Thane. Daphne closed the book. "I shall see you again in Boise. This is good-by-for three days. Take care of yourself." He held out his hand. "I shall meet your train at Bliss." "Bliss! Where is Bliss?" "You never could remember, could you?" he smiled. The tone of his voice was a flagrant caress. The color flew to Daphne's face. "Bliss," said he, "is where I shall meet you again: remember that, will you?" Daphne drew down her veil. The man returning from the ferry was in sight at the top of the hill. Mr. Withers was alighting from Thane's wagon. She turned her gray mask towards him, through which he could discern the soft outline of her face, the color of her lips and cheeks, the darkness of her eyes; their expression he could not see. "I shall meet you at Bliss," he repeated, his fingers closing upon hers. Daphne did not reply; she did not speak to him nor look at him again, though it was some moments before the wagon started. Kinney and Thane remained at the cross-roads, discussing with some heat the latter's unexpected change of plan. Mr. Kinney had a small interest in the placer-mine, himself, but it looked large to him just then. He put little faith in Thane's urgent business (that no one had heard of till that moment) calling him to Boise in three days. Of what use was it going down to the placers only to turn round and come back again? So Thane thought, and proposed they drive forward to Bliss. "Bliss be hanged!" said Mr. Kinney; which shows how many ways there are of looking at the same thing. Thane's way prevailed; they drove straight...