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She struggled to an erect position and stared at him.
“I know you,” she whispered fearlessly; “you are Jack o’ Judgment.”
“Jack o’ Judgment!” he laughed a little bitterly. “Yes, I am Jack o’ Judgment.”
“Who are you?” she asked.
“A living lie,” he replied bitterly, “a masquerader, a mummer, a nobody.”
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“Thank you,” he said simply. “Do you think you can walk? We are just turning into Doughty Street. We’ve passed the policeman on his beat; he is going the other way. Can you walk upstairs by yourself?”
“I–I’ll try,” she said, but when he assisted her from the car she nearly fell, and he half carried, half supported her into her room.
He stood hesitating near the door.
“I shall be all right,” she smiled. “How quickly you understand my thoughts!”
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She looked doubtful.
“I think I would,” she said with a weak smile. “I am not quite sure of myself.”
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She shook her head.
“There’s no story to tell, Stafford,” she said.
“No story to tell?” he said incredulously. “But weren’t you abducted?”
She nodded.
“There’s that much you know,” she said; “I was abducted and taken away. I have been detained and I think drugged.”
“No harm has come to you?” he asked anxiously.
Again she shook her head.
“But where did they take you? Who was it? Who were the people?”
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