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NEVER DID the sun go down with a brighter glory on the quiet corner in Soho, than one memorable evening when the Doctor and his daughter sat under the plane-tree[TV1]  together. Never did the moon rise with a milder radiance [TV2] over great London, than on that night when it found them still seated under the tree, and shone upon their faces through its leaves.

Lucie was to be married to-morrow. She had reserved this last evening for her father, and they sat alone under the plane-tree.[TV3] 

"You are happy, my dear father?"

"Quite, my child."

They had said little, though they had been there a long time. When it was yet light enough to work and read, she had neither engaged herself in her usual work, nor had she read to him. She had employed herself in both ways, at his side under the tree, many and many a time; but, this time was not quite like any other, and nothing could make it so.

"And I am very happy to-night, dear father. I am deeply happy in the love that Heaven has so blessed- my love for Charles, and Charles's love for me. But, if my life were not to be still consecrated [TV4] to you, or if my marriage were so arranged as that it would part us, even by the length of a few of these streets, I should be more unhappy and self-reproachful[TV5]  now than I can tell you. Even as it is--"

Even as it was, she could not command her voice.[TV6] 

In the sad moonlight, she clasped [TV7] him by the neck, and laid her face upon his breast[TV8] . In the moonlight which is always sad, as the light of the sun itself is- as the light called human life is- at its coming and its going.

"Dearest dear! Can you tell me, this last time, that you feel quite, quite sure, no new affections [TV9] of mine, and no new duties of mine, will ever interpose between us? I know it well, but do you know it? In your own heart, do you feel quite certain?"

Her father answered, with a cheerful firmness of conviction he could scarcely have assumed, "Quite sure, my darling! More than that," he added, as he tenderly kissed her: "my future is far brighter, Lucie, seen through your marriage, than it could have been- nay, than it ever was- without it."

 

 

 


 [TV1]A tree with pale white bark and very round leaves.

 [TV2]This piece of diction was used by Dickens to show that it was a beautiful last night, giving the reader the idea that the marriage the next day would be a good marriage.

 [TV3]This Detail enforces the authors tone of sorrow. It shows how things will never be exactly the same as they were and how the change might not be for the best.

 [TV4]Devoted, normally to a sacred object.

 [TV5]She would blame herself for the separation of herself and her father.

 [TV6]Her action of not being able to control her voice helps show how even though she is in love, she truly wants to stay with her father.

 [TV7]This is Lucie hugging her father, it can show the reader that they are very close together and are held like that.

 [TV8]Lucie’s actions here show her as a very loving and caring person, the way she “clasped” shows that she cares more about her father than herself.

 [TV9]A tender, loving feeling the doctor says he has towards his daughter.