Elise's father was a guide in the great forests of lower Canada. Jean, the fiddler, loved her. Jean made his violin sing strange, wonderful things about the stars and the moon and the birth of dawn. When Elise was in proper mood, Jean's playing made her dream of sweet, desirable things, but when one of her bursts of perverse gaiety came upon her, she laughed at Jean and mocked him, hurting him for more than she realized. And then Jack Hartopp came up from the city with his sister for the fall shooting. To Elise, Hartopp was a being of another world, a cultivated, superior being, godlike in contrast with the only person she knew. One day when her father was absent. Elise offered to guide Hartopp into the woods for the afternoon's shooting. Jean saw them going off together, and followed sadly, without exactly knowing why he did so. As it happened, Hartopp firing at a low-flying woodcock, sent a charge of shot into Jean's arm. Jean, dazed with pain, crept off, like a wounded animal, ...
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