Sapsea then proposes a hit at backgammon, which, seasoned with his own improving conversation, and terminating in a supper of cold roast beef and salad, beguiles
the golden evening until pretty late.
Often when she woke Jo found Beth reading in her well-worn little book, heard her singing softly, to beguile
the sleepless night, or saw her lean her face upon her hands, while slow tears dropped through the transparent fingers, and Jo would lie watching her with thoughts too deep for tears, feeling that Beth, in her simple, unselfish way, was trying to wean herself from the dear old life, and fit herself for the life to come, by sacred words of comfort, quiet prayers, and the music she loved so well.
Now by my faith I know well that he will grieve some of the court of King Arthur; for on him knights will be bold, and deem that it is I, and that will beguile
them; and because of his armor and shield I am sure I shall ride in peace.
It was a strange way of killing: not by inches, but by fractions of hairbreadths, to beguile
me with the spectre of a hope through eighteen years