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Again, stepping nearer, he besought her with another tremulous eager call upon her name. ‘Margaret!’ Still lower went the head; more closely hidden was the face, almost resting on the table before her. He came close to her. He knelt by her side, to bring his face to a level with her ear; and whispered-panted out the words: — ‘Take care. — If you do not speak — I shall claim you as my own in some strange presumptuous way.

Elizabeth Gaskell