By Way of the Wilderness by Pansy and Mrs. C M Livingstone (Grace Livingston Hill's Mom)
A Wholesome Christian Novel
Heartwarming story of love, forgiveness and hope
If the poor young man who struggled alone with his pain and his remorse had needed anything to complete his humiliation, this was the added touch. What must Enid think of him now? And he could not explain, could not make her understand how it all was, and that he had meant from the first nothing but honor and true nobility. In the name of decency he must keep silent now.
He on the fallen tree ground his teeth and stamped his foot in impotent rage as he thought of all these things, and realized what opportunities he had given his enemies. If he had only waited, and gone quietly, openly; if it had finally seemed best for him to go away; but to rush away in the midnight and leave no word with anybody! What were even his friends to think of such conduct?