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struck his fancy. A neat, bright-eyed little old lady mad cheap nike air max e him welcome, and he was presently supping sumptuo nike air max 90 usly on sausages and tea, with a visitors’ book full of the most humorous and flattering remarks about the little old lady, in verse and prose, propped up against his teapot as he ate. Regular good some of the jokes were, and rhymes that re ad well–even with your mouth full of sausage. Mr. Hoopdriver formed a vague idea of drawing ” something “–for his judgment on the little old lady was already formed. He pict cheap nike air max trainers ured the little old lady discovering it afterwards–“My gracious! One of them Punch men,” she would say. The room had a curtained recess and a chest of drawers, for presently it was to be his bedroom, and the day part of it was decorated with framed Oddfellows’ certificates and giltbacked books and portraits, and kettle-holders, and all kinds of beautiful things made out of wool; very comfortable it was indeed. The window was lead framed and diamond paned, and through it one saw the corner of the vicarage and a pleasant hill crest, in dusky silhouette against the twiligh nike air max classic t sky. And after the sausages had ceased to be, he lit a Red Herring cigarette and went swaggering out into the twilight street. All shadowy blue between its dark brick houses, was the street, with a bright yellow window here and there and splashes of green and red where the chemist’s illumination fell across th cheap nike air max e road.
Chapter 15
And now let us for a space leave Mr. Hoopdriver in the dusky Midhurst North Street, cheap nike air max and return to the two folks beside the railway bridge between Milford and Haslemere. She was a girl of eighteen, dark, fine featured, with bright eyes, and a rich, swift colour under her warm-tinted skin. Her eyes were all the brighter for the tears that swam in them. The man was thirty three or four, fair, with a longish nose overhanging his sandy flaxen mou nike air max stache, pale blue eyes, and a head that struck out above and behind. He stood with his feet wide apart, his hand on his hip, in an attitude that was equally suggestive of defiance and aggression. They had watched Hoopdriver out of sight. The unexpected interruption had stopped the flood of her tears. He tugged his abundant moustache and regarded her calmly. She stood with face averted, obstinately resolved not to speak first. “Your behaviour,” he said at last, “makes y nike air max sale ou conspicuous.”
She turned upon him, her eyes and cheeks glowing, her hands clenched. “You unspeakable CAD,” she said, and choked, stamped her little foot, and stood panting.
“Unspeakable cad! My dear girl! Possible I AM an unspeakable cad. Who wouldn’t be–for you?”
“‘Dear girl!’ How DARE you speak to me like that? YOU–”
“I would do anything–”
There was a moment’s pause. She looked squarely into his face, her eyes alight with anger and contempt, and perhaps he flushed a little. He stroked his moustache, and by an effort maintained his cynical calm. “Let us be reasonable,” he said.
“Reasonable! That means all that is mean and cowardly and sensual in the world.”
“You have always had it so–in your generalising way. But let us look at the facts of the case–if that pleases you better.”
With an impatient gesture she motioned him to go on.
“Well,” he said,–“you’ve elop nike air max ed.”
“I’ve left my home,” she corrected, with dignity. “I left my home because it was unendurable. Because that woman–”
“Yes, yes. But the point is, you have eloped with me.”
“You came with me. You pretended to be my friend. Promised to help me to earn a living by writing. It was you who said, why shouldn’t a man and woman be friends? And now you dare–you dare–”
“Really, Jessie, this pose of yours, this injured innocence–”
“I will go back. I forbid you–I forbid you to stand in the way–”
“One moment. I have always thought that my little pupil was at least clear-headed. You don’t know everything yet, you know. Listen to me for a moment.”
“Haven’t I been listening? And you have only insulted me. You who dared only to talk of friendship, who scarcely dared hint at anything beyond.”
“But you took the hints, nevertheless. You knew. You KNEW. And you did not mind. MIND! You l nike air max 1 iked it. It was the fun of the whole thing for you. That I loved you, and could not speak to you. You played with it–”
“You have said all that before. Do you think that justifies you?”
“That isn’t all. I made up my mind–Well, to make the game more even. And so I suggested to you and joined with you in this expedition of yours, invented a sister at Midhurst–I tell you, I HAVEN’T a sister! For one object–”
“To compromise you.”
She started. That was a new way of putting it. For half a minute neither spoke. Then she began half defiantly: “Much I am compromised. Of course–I have made a fool of myself–”
“My dear girl, you are still on the sunny side of eighteen, and you know very little of this world. Less than you think. But you will learn. Before you write all those novels we have nike air max 95 talked about, you will have to learn. And that’s one point–” He hesitated. “You started and blushed when the man at breakfast called you nike air max 90 sale Ma’am. You thought it a funny mistake, but you did not say anything because he was young and nervous–and besides, the thought of being my wife offended your modesty. You didn’t care to notice it. But–you see; I gave your name as MRS. Beaumont.” He looked almost apologetic, in spite of his cynical pose. “MRS. Beaumont,” he repeate nike air max sale d, pulling his flaxen moustache and watching the effect.
She looked into his eyes speechless. “I am learning fast, ” she said slowly, at last.
He thought the time had come for an emotional attack. “Jessie,” he said, with a sudden change of voice, “I know all this is mean, isvillanous. But do you think that I have done all this scheming, all this subterfuge, for any other object–”
She did not seem to listen to his words. “I shall ride home,” she said abruptly.
“To her?”
She winced.
“Just think,” said he, “what she could say to you after this.”
“Anyhow, I shall leave you now.”
“Yes? And go–”

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