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A Charmed Life - Richard Harding Davis

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A CHARMED LIFE


She loved him so, that when he went away to a little war in which
his country was interested she could not understand, nor quite
forgive.

As the correspondent of a newspaper, Chesterton had looked on at
other wars; when the yellow races met, when the infidel Turk
spanked the Christian Greek; and one he had watched from inside a
British square, where he was greatly alarmed lest he should be
trampled upon by terrified camels.  This had happened before he and
she had met.  After they met, she told him that what chances he had
chosen to take before he came into her life fell outside of her
jurisdiction.  But now that his life belonged to her, this talk of
his standing up to be shot at was wicked.  It was worse than
wicked; it was absurd.

When the Maine sank in Havana harbor and the word "war" was
appearing hourly in hysterical extras, Miss Armitage explained her
position.

"You mustn't think," she said, "that I am one of those silly girls
who would beg you not to go to war."

At the moment of speaking her cheek happened to be resting against
his, and his arm was about her, so he humbly bent his head and
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