Though I love you more than the stars and the moon, I dare not meet
you today as we had planned. I fear the Hea have become aware of
our affections. The emnity between our xutas is too bitter. I know
our love will be despised, and I fear for your safety. Lovely Mariona,
steal away from Timaru, run away with me to the mainland. We could
make a fresh start there, far from the baleful glances of our kindred.
I will try my best to meet you on the morrow. Know that the trusted
bearer of this missive also carries all my love to you.