By Wilkie Collins
Lewis Romayne is a recluse, compelled from his lifetime of educational study by means of the loss of life name of an aunt in Paris. therefore all for a duel, he returns a damaged guy, till he meets Stella Eyrecourt and marriage turns into achieveable. yet a face from the previous starts a conflict for Romayne's soul.
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He has devoted himself for years past to books, and is collecting materials for a work of immense research, on the Origin of Religions. Some great sorrow or remorse--Lord Loring did not mention what it was--has told seriously on his nervous system, already injured by night study. Add to this, that he is now within our reach. He has lately returned to London, and is living quite alone at a private hotel. " Penrose began to be interested. " he said. "I made a little excursion to that part of Yorkshire, Arthur, not long since.
His last look rested--not on me--but on the old Abbey. IX. MY record of events approaches its conclusion. On the next day we returned to the hotel in London. At Romayne's suggestion, I sent the same evening to my own house for any letters which might be waiting for me. His mind still dwelt on the duel; he was morbidly eager to know if any communication had been received from the French surgeon. Information prepared by the Project Gutenberg legal advisor 38 When the messenger returned with my letters, the Boulogne postmark was on one of the envelopes.
It is no delusion. In the perfect tranquillity of this place the voice has come back to me. While we were at table I heard it again--behind me, in the library. I heard it still, when the door was shut. I ran up here to try if it would follow me into the open air. It has followed me. We may as well go down again into the hall. I know now that there is no escaping from it. My dear old home has become horrible to me. " What I felt and feared in this miserable state of things matters little. The one chance I could see for Romayne was to obtain the best medical advice.