The poet and his daughter lived an intensely simple life in the heart of the woods far from town. He loved to sit in the shade of a tree and read the poems of Dante, Gabriel, Rossetti, to his daughter. Eve, the daughter, privately considered Dante, Gabriel, Rossetti something of a bore, but she did not tell her father so, for fear of hurting his aesthetic feelings. In accordance with his advanced ideas, the poet had taken pains to keep his daughter in entire seclusion from the rest of the world. She had never seen any other man but her father. In addition to his wild poetic yearnings, the poet maintained throughout a strain of shrewd native common sense. He rode to town one morning and interviewed Amos Munroe, the real estate agent. The poet owned a tract of woodland in close proximity to his house, which he desired Amos to undertake to sell. There were, however, certain peculiar conditions attached to this transaction. Amos was to see that the buyer of the property was a young man, ...
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