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THE HEART OF THE FIRE

Aislaby smiled to himself He had certainly never babbled. They were talking again. Steven's wife was speaking. `So you've heard about Mary?' she said. `We only knew a couple of days ago. Yes, she 's going to marry a lawyer from Yorborough, though I have my doubts whether it will ever come off. His mother and family are all against it.'
`I don't see why they should be,' said the woman she was talking to. `You're as well known as any in these parts. They've only to go to yonder fire if they want a character,' and she laughed.
`It's easy to laugh,' said Steven's wife, `but folk like that don't care to have a lot of new relations they know naught about. It 's my belief at the least excuse they 'd get him to break it off.'
And still Aislaby in his chair by the dying fire smiled the same foolish smile. They were talking again:
`And we shall put out another window in the kitchen,' said Steven's wife. `It's a good room, and we could let it of a summer to strangers. There 's a deal that wants altering about the place, I can tell you. Why, only the other day we found that what we took to be a stone at the back of the kitchen chimney was a great beam, crumbling with the dry rot; if it had been winter, the house would have been on fire before now. Once the old man is gone, it will have to come down, and the hearthstone be pulled up into the bargain.-What was that?'
`Only a sheep coughing on the moor,' said the woman. `They're terribly human at times.'
In the dark of the kitchen Thomas Aislaby had sunk helplessly to the floor. He tried to call out, but the cry never reached his throat. He tried to move; the whole of his right side was helpless. His brain tingled as if lanced by a hundred needles, yet his thoughts were marvellously clear, clearer than they had been for years. They were only waiting for the fire to die. Up danced the flames. Again he read the old familiar words on the mantel. `I remember as boys,' someone seemed to whisper in the shadow, `we used to read our future in the embers.' Whatever happened the fire must not go out; better

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