John Dale sacrificed his good name, his liberty and the girl he loved to save his younger brother Philip from disgrace. Philip, not man enough to refuse the noble sacrifice, married Ruth Cranston the girl his brother had loved, and became a wealthy and respectable citizen during the five years John was in state prison. John released from jail, assumed the name of Gaston and plunging into the Maine woods began his life anew. With illusions, faith, love, everything, shattered and ruined, the friendship which he formed with Joyce Birkdale was far removed from anything approaching the sentimental. His feeling for her was rather that of a father than a lover. He worshiped her glowing youth and innocence with the same abstraction of motive with which he worshiped the spring winds or the rising sun. To Jude Lazoon, Joyce's accepted suitor, however, the Platonic nature of Gaston's attitude was by no means apparent. He fiercely resented Gaston's familiarity with his affianced bride, and ...
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