Dora, the heroine of Tennyson's famous poem, lived with her uncle, Farmer Allan and his son, William. Her uncle had cared for the girl since childhood, and longed for the day when she would wed his son. But William did not propose to the girl, and his father, mistaking his silence for bashfulness, called William and Dora to him, and informed them that it was his wish that they wed. William, living in the same house with Dora and knowing her since they were children together, did not regard her as a sweetheart, and to his father's surprise and indignation, refused to marry her. The father stormed and threatened, but to no avail. Dora, who had always loved William, was heartbroken at her cousin's action, but generously tried to reconcile the two. But her efforts were useless, for the farmer ordered his disobedient son from his home. The months passed, William obtained work at a neighboring farm and married a farmer's daughter. Illness and misfortune came upon him, but his father, stern ...
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