Part One. Lucile, the Comtesse de Nevers, was engaged to a nobleman, Lord Alfred Vargrave. Being deeply in love, Lucile did not conceal her affection, and her attentions finally wearied Lord Alfred, and he neglected his fiancée. They quarreled finally, and separated, but not until Alfred had vainly attempted a reconciliation. Lucile told him that she was afraid to trust him but proposed a year's separation. Before the year was over the Comtesse received word of the engagement of Lord Alfred to Miss Darcy, wherein she wrote him asking the return of her letters, which in accordance with his pledge, he was to bring to her personally. Alfred obeyed and started for Lucile's home with the missives. Upon his arrival he was amazed to see how beautiful Lucile was, and how much other men admired her. His old affection returned and he pleaded with her to forgive him. Lucile refused to listen to him. He managed, by watching her, to meet her presumably by accident, and gained her consent to ...
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