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AND now I must hurry on; for dark shadows began to thicken round my path. Home, with its quiet joys and comforts, had lately become more and more endeared to me by the increasing affection of my mother and sister, which suffering and sorrow had developed; and the violent temper and reckless courses of my father, though they marred our peace and happiness, yet drew the bonds of affection closer between his wife and her children.
From the pleasant, though subdued and fading light in which Ingerdyne now appeared to me, I was about to emerge, and enter upon the gloom of poverty and grief. What remains to be told of poor Milly's fate, therefore, must be quickly related. At the archery meeting, Miily gained the first