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ged by his so obviously knowing morethan they; and gradually he had worked himself around to theirview, and had taken it for granted that he really did.
Now he perceived that he knew nothing at all, and that the“ Hullo, o nike air max 90 ld Fred!“ with which Susy hailed Gillow’s arrival mightbe either the usual tribal welcome–since they were all „old,“and all nicknamed, in their private jargon–or a greeting thatconcealed inscrutable depths of complicity.
Susy was visibly glad to see Gillow; but she was glad ofeverything just then, and so glad to show her gladness! Thefact disarmed her husband and made him ashamed of hisuneasiness. „You ought to have thought this all out sooner, orelse you ought to chuck thinking of it at all,“ was the soundbut ineffectual advice he gave himself on the day after Gillow’sarrival; and immediately set to work to rethink the wholematter.
Fred Gillow showed no consciousness of disturbin nike air max 90 sale g any one’speace of mind. Day after day he sprawled for hours on the Lidosands, his arms folded under his head, listening to S nike air max 1 treffy’snonsense and watching Susy between sleepy lids; but he betrayedno desire to see her alone, or to draw her into talk apart fromthe others. More than ever he seemed content to be thegratified spectator of a costly show got up for his privateentertainment. It was not until he heard her, one morning,grumble a little at the increasing heat and the menace ofmosquitoes, that he said, quite as if they had talked the matterover nike air max sale long before, and finally settled it: „The moor will beready any time after the first of August.“Nick fancied that Susy coloured a little, and drew herself upmore defiantly than usual as she sent a pebble skimming acrossthe dying ripples at their feet.
„You’ll be a lot cooler in Scotland,“ Fred added, with what, forhim, was an unusual effort at explicitness.
„Oh, shall we?“ she retorted gaily; nike air max 95 and added with an air ofmystery and importance, pivoting about on her high heels:
„Nick’s got work to do here. It will probably keep us allsummer.““Work? Rot! You’ll die of the smells.“ Gillow staredperplexedly skyward from under his tilted hat-brim; and thenbrought out, as from the depth of a rankling grievance: „Ithought it was all understood.““Why,“ Nick asked his wife that night, as they re-enteredEllie’s cool drawing-room after a late dinner at the Lido, „didGillow think it was understood that we were going to his moor inAugust?“ He was conscious of the oddness of speaking of theirfriend by his surname, and reddened at his blunder.
Susy had let her lace cloak slide to her feet, and stood beforehim in t cheap nike air max he faintly-lit room, slim and shimmering-white throughblack transparencies.
She raised her eyebrows careles nike air max classic sly. „I told you long ago he’dasked us there for August.““You didn’t tell me you’d accepted.“She smiled as if he had said something as simple as Fred. „Iaccepted everything–from everybody!“What could he answer? It was the very principle on which theirbargain had been struck. And if he were to say: „Ah, but thisis different, because I’m jealous of Gillow,“ what light wouldsuch an answer shed on his past? The time for being jealous-ifso antiquated an attitud cheap air max e were on any ground defensible-wouldhave been before his marriage, and before the acceptance of thebounties which had helped to make it possible. He wondered alittle now that in those days such scruples had not troubledhim. His inconsistency irritated him, and increased hisirritation against Gillow. „I suppose he thinks he owns us!“ hegrumbled inwardly.
He had thr cheap nike air max own himself into an armchair, and Susy, advancingacross the shining arabesques of the floor, slid down at hisfeet, pressed her slender length against him, and whispered withlifted face and lips close to his: „We needn’t ever go anywhereyou don’t want to.“ For once her submission was sweet, andfolding her close he whispered back through his kiss: „Notthere, then.“In her response to his embrace he felt the acquiescence of herwhole happy self in whatever future he decided on, if only itgave them enough of such moments as this; and as they held eachother fast in silence his doubts and distrust began to seem likea silly injustice.
„Let us stay here as long as ever Ellie will let us,“ he said,as if the shadowy walls and shining floors were a magic boundarydrawn about his cheap nike air max trainers happiness.
She murmured her assent and stood up, s nike air max tretching her sleepy armabove her shoulders. „How dreadfully late it is …. Will youunhook me? … Oh, there’s a telegram.“She picked it up from the table, and tearing it open stared amoment at the message. „It’s from Ellie. She’s coming to-morrow.“She turned to the window and strayed out onto the balcony. Nickfollowed her with enlacing arm. The canal below them lay inmoonless shadow, barred with a few lingering lights. A lastsnatch of gondola-music came from far off, carried upward on asultry gust.
„Dear old Ellie. All the same … I wish all this belonged toy cheap nike air max ou and me.“ Susy sighed.
Chapter 8
IT was not Mrs. Vanderlyn’s fault if, after her arrival, herpalace seemed to belong any less to the Lansings.
She arrived in a mood of such general benevolence that it wasimpossible for Susy, when they finally found themselves alone,to make her view even her own recent conduct in any but the mostbenevolent light.
„I knew you’d be the veriest angel about it all, darling nike air max ,because I knew you’d understand me– especially now,“ shedeclared, her slim hands in Susy’s, her big eyes (so likeClarissa’s) resplendent with past pleasures and future plans.
The expression of her confidence was unexpectedly distasteful toSusy Lansing, who had never lent so cold an ear to such warmavowals. She had always imagined that being happy one’s selfmade one–as Mrs. Vanderlyn appeared to assume –more tolerantof the happiness of others, of however doubtful elementscomposed; and she was almost ashamed of responding so languidlyto her friend’s outpourings. But she herself had no desire toconfide her

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