Mr. Benson was silent again. After some time he began--
"Faith, I don't see this affair quite as you do. I believe I am right."
"You surprise me, brother! I don't understand you."
"Wait awhile! I want to make my feelings very clear to you, but I don't know where to begin, or how to express myself."
"It is, indeed, an extraordinary subject for us to have to talk about; but, if once I get clear of this girl, I'll wash my hands of all such cases again."
Her brother was not attending to her; he was reducing his own ideas to form.
"Faith, do you know I rejoice in this child's advent?"
"May God forgive you, Thurstan!--if you know what you are saying. But, surely, it is a temptation, dear Thurstan."