ized for the first time that my old friend did love me,
love me with an ideal devotion the noblest woman
in the world might be proud of! I didn't tell
him then I loved him, but now I take this chance,
I take it GLADLY before you !-forced by you!
I tell him now, what perhaps he has already
guessed, I love him with all my heart - I love him I
I LOVE HIM!
STERLING. Damn you both! then it's the end
[He pulls out a pistol and tries to put it !o his
BLANCHE. [Cries out.] Ned!
WARDEN. [Seizes STERLING, catches his arm,
and wrenches the pistol from him.] So that's what
you planned to do, is it - make a wretched scene
[It begins to snow more heavily.