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I am utterly lost in deciphering the very last sentence from the story Haita the Shepherd:

In the obscurity the maiden's figure grew dim and indistinct and her voice seemed to come from a distance, as she said, in a tone of sorrowful reproach: 'Presumptuous and ungrateful youth! must I then so soon leave thee? Would nothing do but thou must at once break the eternal compact?'

I tired hard to put together various meanings but e.g. the "eternal compact" is something I cannot understand.

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  • Compact is used in the sense of formal agreement. (NB Having looked up the story online, this appears not to be the 'very last' sentence.) Nov 4, 2020 at 11:20

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An "eternal compact" is an agreement that someone understood as a promise that would not be broken.
American Heritage Dictionary "compact"

An agreement or a covenant. See Synonyms at agreement.

Glossing the entire sentence,

Would nothing do but thou must at once break the eternal compact?

Would nothing have satisfied you except breaking the agreement that was to last forever?

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