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Modern Love XXII: What May the Woman

 What may the woman labour to confess?
There is about her mouth a nervous twitch.
'Tis something to be told, or hidden:--which? I get a glimpse of hell in this mild guess.
She has desires of touch, as if to feel That all the household things are things she knew.
She stops before the glass.
What sight in view? A face that seems the latest to reveal! For she turns from it hastily, and tossed Irresolute, steals shadow-like to where I stand; and wavering pale before me there, Her tears fall still as oak-leaves after frost.
She will not speak.
I will not ask.
We are League-sundered by the silent gulf between.
Yon burly lovers on the village green, Yours is a lower, and a happier star!

by George Meredith
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