Bending the Rules
1. He stayed there until all was quite still and dark, then he and
Patrasche went within and slept
together, long and deeply, side by side.
2. It could be no harm, he thought, if he gave her his little piece of
treasure-trove, they had been play-fellows
3. The miller stood and looked at the portrait with tears in his eyes, it was
so strangely like, and he loved
his only child closely and well.
4. Ere either woman or dog knew what he meant he had stooped and
kissed Patrasche: then closed the door hurriedly, and disappeared in the
gloom of the fast-falling night.
5. The great tears stood in his brown, sad eyes: not for himself — for
himself he was happy.
6. That night, after they reached the hut, snow fell; and fell for
very many days after that, so that the paths and the divisions in the
fields were all obliterated, and all the smaller streams were frozen
over, and the cold was intense upon the plains.