Gabriel took his handkerchief and carefully rubbed out the two latter words, leaving visible the inscription "FANNY ROBIN" only.
Within were lying about stones of all sizes and designs, inscribed as being sacred to the memory of unnamed persons who had not yet died.
Troy then wrote the words which were to form the inscription, settled the account and went away.
When he returned he carried a spade and a lantern, the light of which he directed for a few moments upon the marble, whilst he read the inscription.
A motion of satisfaction enlivened her face as she read the complete inscription.
I came to see the tombstone privately—to see if they had cut the inscription as I wished.
He waited in the yard till the tomb was packed, and saw it placed in the cart and starting on its way to Weatherbury, giving directions to the two men who were to accompany it to inquire of the sexton for the grave of the person named in the inscription.
Then her eye followed Oak’s, and she read the words with which the inscription opened:— ERECTED BY FRANCIS TROY IN BELOVED MEMORY OF FANNY ROBIN Oak saw her, and his first act was to gaze inquiringly and learn how she received this knowledge of the authorship of the work, which to himself had caused considerable astonishment.
First came the words of Troy himself:— ERECTED BY FRANCIS TROY IN BELOVED MEMORY OF FANNY ROBIN, WHO DIED OCTOBER 9, 18—, AGED 20 YEARS Underneath this was now inscribed in new letters:— IN THE SAME GRAVE LIE THE REMAINS OF THE AFORESAID FRANCIS TROY, WHO DIED DECEMBER 24TH, 18—, AGED 26 YEARS Whilst she stood and read and meditated the tones of the organ began again in the church, and she went with the same light step round to the porch and listened.
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