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7 > Image 7 of The State College cadet, vol. 7, no. 7, April 1897

Part of The State College cadet

. ti ` I 1 . Tris cannr. as l As I strolled along, I went over in my mind as I had done hundreds of times before, exactly how I would I address Dulcie. I would make a few knowing remarks about the occurrences of the day, and then, in anfadroit way, I would turn the conversation into the channel I _ desired it. I would not get excited and I would not go down on my knees, such things merely serve to make a man ridiculous; I would move my chair near hers, or C better, I would set beside her on the sofa, and gently, ,;_ very gently, so as not to frighten her, I would take A her hand in mine (she has a soft, pretty hand, I reflected complacently), and then in a calm and dig- l niiied manner, I would tell her of my love. I did11t `Y know what she would say; if it was "no," well Y? Id take myself off somewhere and blow 1ny miserable brains out, for life would not be worth living without j .- her. But if she blushed and looked down and said y "yes," than I would. A glow of intense satisfaction pervaded me at the idea of what I would do if that happy time should come. I awakened from this blissful reverie with quite a start to iind myself at the gate of my Dulceneas home. I walked slowly up to the front door with rather an odd sensation somewhere in my anatomy as I rang the bell. { A neat maid informed me that if I would walk in the `; parlor Miss Dulcie would soon be down. I went into the parlor and waited, still with that peculiar feeling of I sinking. It seemed to me that I waited for hours, but l I I the afternoon sun still shown brightly outside, so I sup- pose it was not that long. _` Finally, Dulcie appeared in the doorway and I started .3i up to meet her, with a most wretched effort for ease and . dignity. She greeted nie in her usual kindly manner, V and after we sat down I waited for the easy flow of wise