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edhimself only as Susy turned back toward the lighted threshold.
“Well, my dear, we’ll see it through between us; you and I-andClarissa,” he said with his rasping laugh, rising to follow her.
He caught nike air max 90 her hand and gave it a short pressure as th nike air max 1 ey re-entered the drawing-room, where Ellie was saying plaintively toFred Gillow: “I can never hear that thing sung without wantingto cry like a baby.”
Chapter 9
NELSON VANDERLYN, still in his travelling clothes, paused on thethreshold of his own dining-room and surveyed the scene withpardonable satisfaction.
He was a short round man, with a grizzled head, small facetiouseyes and a large and credulous smile.
At the luncheon table sat his wife, between Charlie Streffordand Nick Lansing. Next to Strefford, perched on her high chair,Clarissa throned in infant beauty, while Susy Lansing cut up apeach for her. Through wide orange awnings the sun slanted inupon the white-clad group.
“Well–well–well! So I’ve caught you at it!” cried the happyfather, whose inveterate habit i nike air max 90 sale t was to address his wife andfriends as if he had surprised them at an inopportune moment.
Stealing up from behind, he lifted his daughter into the air,while a chorus of “Hello, old Nelson,” hailed his appearance.
It was two or three years since Nick nike air max Lansing had seen Mr.
Vanderlyn, who was now the London representative of the big NewYork bank of Vanderlyn & Co., and had exchanged his sumptuoushouse in Fifth Avenue for another, more sumptuous still, inMayfair; and the young man looked curiously and attentively athis host.
Mr. Vanderlyn had grown older and stouter, but his face stillkept its look of somewhat worn optimism. He embraced his wife,greeted Susy a cheap nike air max ffectionately, and distributed cordial hand-graspsto the two men.
“Hullo,” he exclaimed, suddenly noticing a pearl and coraltrinket hanging from Clarissa’s ne nike air max sale ck. “Who’s been giving mydaughter jewellery, I’d like to know!””Oh, Streffy did–just think, father! Because I said I’d ratherhave it than a book, you know,” Clarissa lucidly explained, herarms tight about her father’s neck, her beaming eyes onStrefford.
Nelson Vanderlyn’s own eyes took on the look of shrewdness whichcame into them whenever there was a question of materia cheap nike air max trainers l values.
“What, Streffy? Caught you at it, eh? Upon my soul-spoilingthe brat like that! You’d no business to, my dear chap-alovely baroque pearl–” he protested, with the half-apologetictone of the rich man embarrassed by too costly a gift from animpecunious friend.
“Oh, hadn’t I? Why? Becaus cheap air max e it’s too good for Cla nike air max 95 rissa, or tooexpensive for me? Of course you daren’t imply the first; and asfor me–I’ve had a windfall, and am blowing it in on theladies.”Strefford, Lansing had noticed, always used American slang whenhe was slightly at a loss, and wished to divert attention fromthe main point. But why was he embarrassed, whose attention didhe wish to divert, It was plain that Vanderlyn’s protest hadbeen merely formal: like most of the wealthy, he had only thedimmest notion of what money represented to the poor. But itwas unusual for Strefford to give any one a present, andespecially an expensive one: perhaps that was what had fixedVanderlyn’s attention. cheap nike air max
“A windfall?” he gaily repeated.
“Oh, a tiny one: I was offered a thumping rent for my littleplace at Como, and dashed over here to squander my millions witht he rest of you,” said Strefford imperturbably.
Vanderlyn’s look immediately became interested and sympathetic.
“What–the scene of the honey-moon?” He included Nick and Susyin his friendly smile.
“Just so: the reward of virtue. I say, give me a cigar, willyou, old man, I left some awfully good nike air max ones at Como, worseluck–and I don’t mind telling you that Ellie’s no judge oftobacco, and that Nick’s too far gone in bliss to care what hesmokes,” Strefford grumbled, stretching a hand toward his host’scigar-case.
“I do like jewellery best,” Clarissa murmured, hugging herfather.
Nelson Vanderlyn’s first word to his wife had been that he hadbrought her all her toggery; and she had welcomed him withappropriate enthusiasm. In fact, to the lookers-on her joy atseeing him seemed rather too patently in proportion to hersatisfac cheap nike air max tion at getting her clothes. But no such suspicionappeared to mar Mr. Vanderlyn’s happiness in being, for once,and for nearly twenty-four hours, under the same roof with hiswife and child. He did not conceal his regret at havingpromised his mother to join her the next day; and added, with awistful glance at Ellie: “If only I’d known you meant to waitfor me!”But being a man of duty, in domestic as well as businessaffairs, he did not even consider the possibility ofdisappointing the exacting old lady to whom he owed his being.
“Mother cares for so few people,” he used to say, not without atouch of filial pride in the parental exclusiveness, “that Ihave to be with her rather more than if she were more sociable”;and with smiling resignation he gave orders that Clarissa shouldbe ready to start the next evening.
“And meanwhil nike air max classic e,” he concluded, “we’ll have all the good timethat’s going.”The ladies of the party seemed united in the desire to furtherthis resolve; and it was settled that as soon as Mr. Vanderlynhad despatched a hasty luncheon, his wife, Clarissa and Susyshould carry him off for a tea-picnic at Torcello. They did noteven suggest that Strefford or Nick should be of the party, orthat any of the other young men of the group should be summoned;as Susy said, Nelson wanted to go off alone with his harem. AndLansing and Strefford were left to watch the departure of thehappy Pasha ensconced between attentive beauties.
“Well–that’s what

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