wind smote her with his wings upon the eyes, lighted one
moment on her head, and then swept onward lost in shade.
At that moment, likewise, a radiant golden globe flashed to
her sight, dropped to her footsteps, and shone an instant in
the glisten from the skies.
It was but a great goshawk seeking for its prey; it was
but a great meteor fading and falling at its due appointed
hour; but to the heated, savage, dreamy fancy of the child
it seemed an omen, an answer, a thing of prophecy, a spirit
of air; nay, why not Him himself ?
In legends, which had been the only lore her ears had
ever heard, it had been often told he took such shapes as
" If he should give me his kingdom!" she thought; and
her eyes flashed alight; her heart swelled; her cheeks
burned. The little dim untutored brain could not hold the
thought long or close enough to grasp, or sift, or measure
it; but some rude rich glory, impalpable, unutterable,
seemed to come to her and bathe her in its heat and colour.
She was his offspring, so they all told her; why not, then,
also his heir ?
She felt, as felt the goatherd or the charcoal-burner iu
those legends she had fed on, who was suddenly called from
poverty and toil, from hunger and fatigue, from a firelcss
hearth, and a bed of leaves, to inherit some fairy empire, to
ascend to some region of the gods.
Like one of these, hearing the summons to some great
nnknown imperial power smite all his poor pale barren life
to splendour, so FoUe-Farine, standing by the water's side
in the light of the moon, desolate, ignorant, brute-like, felt
elected to some mighty heritage un.-een of men. If this
were waiting for her in the future, what matter, now, were
stripes or wounds or woe ?
She smiled a little, dreamily, like one who beholds fair
visions in his sleep, and stole back over the starlit grass,
and swung herself upward by the tendrils of ivy, and
crouched once more down in her nest of mosses.
And either the courage of the spirits of darkness or the
influence of instincts dumb but nascent, was with her; fol
»he fell asleep in her little loft in the roof as thouo-h' she
were a thing cherished of heaven and earth, and dreamed
happily all through the hours of the slowly-rising daAvu: