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Unformatted text preview: done. Meantime, she had gone from a little curl of a sobbing woman in the bed, to rushing to me, and suddenly flinging her arms around me and crying again my name, "Julien, Julien!" What did this mean? That she wanted me to protect her from myself? "Oh, darling child," I said. And I broke down utterly, kissing her. And then we did it again, and again, and again. And Mary Beth was born to us nine months after. By then we had been at Riverbend all that time, and I could scarcely stand the sight of Katherine. I had not dared to trouble her under our own roof, and I doubt she would have received me anyway. She had blotted the truth from her mind. She thought the thing in her belly was Darcy's baby. She said her rosary all the time, for Darcy's unborn child. And everyone, everyone knew what I had done to her. Julien the evil one. Julien had got his sister with child. The cousins stared at me as if I were anathema. Out of Fontevrault, Augustin's son Tobias came especially to curse me and tell...
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- Spring '10