you have said to-day. … In the first place, they are not true."
He saw his opportunity. "Not true that I love you; not true that I would give my life to even kiss your hand" (which he did on the spot, without moving an eyelid; "not true that you are the most beautiful——"
"Don't be silly" she said, blushing.
"Do you believe me?"
"I dare say—you think—you are in earnest." She would not say more. He, considering it well afterwards, decided that it was enough. He had some knowledge of the sex.