Marcella - Vol. 2

Marcella - Vol. 2

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Marcella - Vol. 2

Marcella - Vol. 2

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Nearly three weeks passed -- short flashing weeks, crowded with agitations, inward or outward, for all the persons of this story.

After the inquiry before the magistrates -- conducted, as she passionately thought, with the most marked animus on the part of the bench and police towards the prisoners -- had resulted in the committal for trial of Hurd and his five companions, Marcella wrote Aldous Raeburn a letter which hurt him sorely.

"Don't come over to see me for a little while," it ran. "My mind is all given over to feelings which must seem to you -- which, I know, do seem to you -- unreasonable and unjust. But they are my life, and when they are criticised, or even treated coldly, I cannot bear it. When you are not there to argue with, I can believe, most sincerely, that you have a right to see this matter as you do, and that it is monstrous of me to expect you to yield to me entirely in a thing that concerns your sense of public duty. But don't come now -- not before the trial. I will appeal to you if I think you can help me. I know you will if you . . .

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