Virginia was brought up side by side with Paul in Mauritius. The two played games together in childhood, and when childhood days were left behind they became sweethearts, enjoying a courtship that was idyllic in its simplicity and innocence. They were separated, however, when Virginia was sent to France to be educated at the expense of her aunt, Mme. Ie Tour, who planned a marriage for her some two years later, which Virginia, full of thoughts of her beloved Paul, lost no time in rejecting. The maiden was thereupon disowned, and sent back, but when the ship was in sight of Mauritius, and Paul, in a transport of delight, was waving to her from the shore, there came a sudden storm in which the ship foundered. A chance of being saved was afforded Virginia by a naked sailor, but her innate modesty led her to refuse the offer, and later her dead body was washed ashore. Paul died two months afterwards. This is the story of " Paul and Virginia," an eighteenth-century romance by Bernardin de St. Pierre, which should be placed in the hands of all boys and girls soon after they reach their teens.