had ever seen. When she saw I was not asleep she began to tell me about
the play and the players, but at last she yawned and picked up her
things and prepared to go. Wanting to keep her a little longer, I
enticed her with the promise of showing her my collection, and jumping
out of bed in my long flannel nightgown, I went to get it.
spite of my extreme youth I think she must have been flattered by my
unblushing admiration, for she said at last, after admiring everything:
"I've half a mind to give you something that will make you happy."
"What?" I said.
searched for a moment among the clothes under her arm and brought out a
little brooch. "I had two small diamonds in this," she said, "but now
you see one's lost. I'm going to give you the other. Why not?" And she
prised the small object out with a pin and presented it to me. "There
you are. And now, dear little cousin, you ought to be very happy and
dream lovely dreams." With that she kissed me full on the lips and went
off smilingly to her own place.