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Whittlestaff, William

A middle-aged bachelor, who somewhat reluctantly provided a home for Mary Lawrie on the death of her father. When he fell in love with her, she accepted him out of gratitude for his kindness although she had given her heart to John Gordon in her youth. When John unexpectedly appeared from the diamond mines, Mr. Whittlestaff became convinced that Mary still loved him, and generously released her from the engagement. .