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“So Mark watched, had been watching all this day since the truant's return.”
“At twilight's hour might she be seen, unscared by the truant's stone, repairing to the placid pool -- skimming over its glassy surface, in rapid circle and with humid wing -- and returning in triumph, bearing wherewithal to build her nest.”
“All this the old veteran told thrillingly, the shadow of a boy's awed recollection mingling with his Scottish exultation as a compatriot of the victim, and even with a touch of humor as he recalled the domestic scolding which marked the truant's return.”
“He cried and protested, but my father was determined that he should not grow up ignorant, so he used the strap freely to hasten the truant's steps to school.”
“But if he should for any reason abandon his ruffianly pursuits, as she had urged him to do, then she could bring about a meeting between them; and the truant's mother might take better care of him in the future, besides making him pecuniarily independent of prize-fighting.”
“Determined to have no more to do with courtiers and amateur soldiers, he secretly sent off a courier to betray the truant's escapade to the Court.”
“And the tilting snipe stood fearless of the truant's wayward cry”
“And it was equally plain that, whatever their destination might be, they were not starting on a truant's expedition, for the said Mrs Ashford presently came out and handed them each a small parcel of sandwiches, and enjoined on them most particularly to keep well buttoned up, and not let their feet get wet.”
“Having given up his previous intention of crossing the stream, there seemed nothing better for him to do than to follow the truant's advice and take the road back to Green Springs.”
“The first intimation he received of that truant's presence was when he drew his attention to the loose skiff.”
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