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By and by, when Lily had been refreshed and her room made tidy, she asked her mother, in a gentle voice, to let Daisy come to her.

Mrs Morton went to call her, and found her listlessly wandering in the garden. She started when her mother said Lily wanted her, and compressed her lips as if some strong effort were needed to nerve herself for this visit to her sister, but she only said —

“Very well, mama.”

Her mother watched the young figure disappearing into the house, and then again welled over her the sorrowful thought, that never again would she see the two sisters wandering side by side, their arms around each other's necks, their smooth brown heads and rosy faces leaning together in consultation or merriment.

In the shaded room Lily lay watching the door ; and when it opened, and Daisy entered, Lily's eyes met hers, with a look of such beseeching love, that Daisy threw her arms round her helpless sister, and passionately kissed her again and again.

"Daisy, I wish you many happy--"

Don't, don't Lily!” cried Daisy, “it makes my heart nearly break !”

Then there was a silence, broken only by both their sobs; at last Lily calmed her grief, and said in a voice that had some of the old quiet firmness in it

“But, Daisy, dear Daisy, I sent for you because I want to speak of our birth-day.”

Daisy nodded, and, drying her eyes, she leant her elbow on the pillow beside her sister's head, and prepared to listen.

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" It is nearly a week since that happened, you know, Daisy, and at first I wished I might die.”

" Lily, Lily!” and kisses again rained on the pale cheek.

“I thought,” went on the soft, low voice, “that there would be no use in my life; and it was only in the quiet of last night-just before the clock struck one-that something seemed to tell me that God would not have let me live unless there was something I could do. And I know anything I can do will have to be only being patient for a long time; but-do you think if I am very patient you could try to forget that I am unable to run and walk with you, and still come and talk the same beside my sofa, and so let me feel as if I lived your life and knew it as I used to do ?

Very grave and earnest was Daisy's face as she looked in Lily's eyes, a new light breaking on her and growing brighter each minute.

“Do you mean, Lily, that you want me to try and do all we used to do together, and that it will make you happier if I come and ask you about things that you can't do?"

A bright smile came to Lily's face as she answered

"Yes, Daisy! I can be more patient if I know your life is not changed—and if I am not set aside to be humoured and indulged. I can hope for the great things you may one day do, just as if I was going to do them; and if you will promise me that every birth-day you will talk over with me all that we have done—now, smile Daisy! we will bless this day, and make our birth-day compact!”

Daisy smiled ! if anyone had told her an hour ago that she would smile on this, to her, saddest of sad days, she would have thought them heartless. Now she had never dreamt of such a cheerful way of lightening Lily's burden, and Lily herself had begged her to be the bright Daisy of old for her sake.

“Lily, my own darling sister, I promise!”

"That's my Daisy! Now kiss me, and let us wish each other, as we have always done, many happy returns of the day!"

After that day Lily was daily told by Daisy all the news of their cousins and everyone near, and after a while Aunt Marian visited her with Gerty, and when she was able to be lifted to an invalid sofa which Colonel Morton had purchased for her, Lily asked to see the boys too. This was a hard trial to Daisy-she could not keep her eyes from filling, as the strong boys stooped and kissed Lily's white forehead, having first held out their hands, forgetting that their poor young cousin could not raise her own to clasp them! but Lily herself spoke brightly, and praised the splendid bouquet of flowers each of the Rugby boys had brought her.

It was drawing towards the autumn, and Mrs Morton was anxiously considering how she could manage to take Lily to London. Her means were small, and she feared it would be impossible to pay for lodgings in London as well as for the cottage; but after much thought, the matter was decided by Colonel Morton, who claimed his right as Lily's uncle to assist in obtaining any advantages she required. He said he would have the cottage looked after, and that as Maria the servant was very attentive to Lily, and useful in lifting her, she had better go to London with them. And so in September the move was made, and the twin sisters went to the Great City for the third time in their lives.




“Oh! mama, do you think you can manage it?” and Daisy's eager look of delight was reflected on Lily's face.

“I think so. The term at South Kensington School of Art will commence very soon, and as we are living so near, I see nothing to prevent your attending the drawing class there."

A sigh of intense pleasure was Daisy's reception of this announcement.

"Now our dreams will be realized—Daisy, we will be a great artist !” exclaimed Lily, brightly.

“We will try, Lily,” said Daisy, kissing her sister. “Now, shall I read to you Lily, or will you read while I draw ? "

“That will be best”—and then Daisy placed the little frame that held her book in front of Lily, and it was comforting to see that the good advice and treatment the latter had received had resulted in the restored use of her hands; so, although still absolutely

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