She was not startled. A passing wonder as to who it might be struck her. Perhaps it was one of the gamekeepers or gardeners, but she did not think much about it. A shadow in the moonlight did not frighten her.
Soon the cool, fresh air did its work; the bright, dark eyes grew tired in real earnest, and at length Beatrice retired to rest.
The sun was shining brightly when she awoke. By her side lay a fragrant bouquet of flowers, the dew-drops still glistening upon them, and in their midst a little note which said:
"Beatrice, will you come into the garden for a few minutes before breakfast, just to tell me all that happened last night was not a dream?"
She rose quickly. Over her pretty morning-dress she threw a light shawl, and went down to meet Lord Airlie.
"It was no dream," she said, simply, holding out her hand in greeting to him.
"Dear Beatrice, how very good of you!" replied Lord Airlie; adding presently: "we have twenty minutes before the breakfast bell will ring; let us make the best of them."
The morning was fresh, fair, and calm, a soft haze hanging round the trees.