A pause, his eyes happened to fall on her. To his shock he saw on her face what looked like a plea.
He decided to risk it. "I have never made a woman an offer of marriage-am ignorant of the accepted forms. But if you would have to goodness to marry me, the very great-" One look at her face and he could not go on. She was suspended, disbelieving.
Her hands lunged to his, a smile. His heart performed a very odd turn. "Yes, I will, oh Stephen, I will."