“No,” said Ellen, merciless, because she was sick from fear.
“Listen,” interrupted Ellen. “I did not ask you for that promise. You offered it.”
“I know—I know. But I did not think then that I could ever care for anyone again.”
“You offered it,” went on Ellen unmovably. “You promised it over our mother’s Bible. It was more than a promise—it was an oath. Now you want to break it.”