*This Book is annotated (it contains a detailed biography of the author). *An active Table of Contents has been added by the publisher for a better customer experience. *This book has been checked and corrected for spelling errors. William Whittlestaff takes in the orphaned Mary Lawrie and, after a year, decides he's in love with her and proposes. She accepts. Unfortunately, Mary's old sweetheart, John Gordon, arrives the next day from the Kimberley diamonds mines, having rectified his poverty. So what's a girl to do? What's the 50-year old, previously-disappointed-in-love-decades-ago Whittlestaff to do?