"Oh, not now--not now," replied Jemima. "I could not tell you here. It's a long story, and I don't know that I can tell you at all. Mamma might come up at any moment, and papa would be sure to ask what we had been talking about so long."
"Take your own time, love," said Ruth; "only remember, as far as I can, how glad I am to help you."
"You're too good, my darling!" said Jemima fondly.
"Don't say so," replied Ruth earnestly, almost as if she were afraid. "God knows I am not."