The Undying Past (Volume 2640)

9781150791352: The Undying Past (Volume 2640)

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... XXVIII ONE afternoon Ulrich rode over to Halewitz with the news that a meeting of the Reichstag had been called for the third week in November. Leo was alarmed, for it meant nothing less than being left ten days alone with Felicitas. In every limb he felt the shock which seemed to be propelling him several steps nearer the unknown fate that loomed in front of him. He could have caught Ulrich's hands and cried in his ears, " If you value both our lives, stay here!" And he was still in this frame of mind when his friend approached him with an extraordinary proposal. "Felicitas has begged me," he said, with his quiet friendly smile in which pure goodness of heart put to flight all gravity, " to be spokesman for her in giving expression to a desire which she has long had very much at heart, a desire shared by your sister Johanna. Both wish that our respective families should partake together of the holy sacrament on the day before my departure." Leo was filled with joy. It seemed to him as if a sustaining hand had been stretched out to him from the clouds, to afford him anchor and refuge in the whirlwind by which he had been threatened. This ceremony would be a protection in the hours to be passed alone with her, it would be the highest consecration of his purer will. "And what do you think about it, Uli?" he asked, looking inquiringly at his friend. "I for my part seek and value every opportunity," he replied, smiling back at Leo, "which lifts me above the barren level of every-day thoughts. Were my breathing apparatus like other people's, I should love to climb to high places and get a wider outlook. Such an outlook over what has been and is to be is found in preparing for the sacrament. I have heavy work in prospect, this winter, and shall be obliged in my sectio...

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