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Is it worth while, I debate with myself, to write one word more?--Shall I tie the ends of my warp, or leave them loose?--I will tie them, but no one needs sit out the process.
The farm of Howglen prospered. Alec never practised in his profession, but became a first-rate farmer. Within two years Annie and he were married, and began a new chapter of their history.
When Mrs Forbes found that Alec and Annie were engaged, she discovered that she had been in reality wishing it for a long time, and that the opposing sense of duty had been worldly.
Mr Cupples came to see them every summer, and generally remained over the harvest. He never married. But he wrote a good book.
Thomas Crann and he had many long disputes, and did each other good. Thomas grew gentler as he grew older. And he learned to hope more for other people. And then he hoped more for himself too.
The first time Curly saw Annie after the wedding, he was amazed at his own presumption in ever thinking of marrying such a lady. When about thirty, by which time he had a good business of his own, he married Isie Constable--still little, still old-fashioned, and still wise.
Margaret Anderson was taken good care of by Annie Forbes, but kept herself clear of all obligation by never acknowledging any.
Robert Bruce had to refund, and content himself with his rights. He died worth a good deal of money notwithstanding, which must have been a great comfort to him at the last.
Young Robert is a clergyman, has married a rich wife, hopes to be Moderator of the Assembly some day, and never alludes to his royal ancestor.
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