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, in reply to their friendly urging, he had confessed thathe had not been well–had indeed gone off hurriedly for a fewdays‘ change of air–and that left him without defence againstthe immediate nike air max classic proposal that he should take his change of air onthe Ibis. They were just off to Corsica and Sardinia, and fromthere to Si cheap nike air max cily: he could rejoin the railway at Naples, and beback at Venice in ten days.
Ten days of respite–the temptation was irresistible. And hereally liked the kind uncomplicated Hickses. A wholesomehonesty and simplicity breathed through all their opulence, asif the rich trappings of their present life still exhaled thefragrance of their native prairies. The mere fact of being withsuch people was like a purifying bath. When the yacht touchedat Naples he agreed since they were so awfully kind–to go on toSicily. And when the chief steward, going ashore at Naples forthe last time before they got up steam, said: „Any letters forthe post, sir?“ he answered, as he had answered at each previoushalt: „No nike canada store , thank you: none.“Now they were heading for Rhodes and Crete–Crete, where he hadnever been, where he had so often longed to nike air max 90 sale go. In spite of thelateness of the season the weather was still miraculously fine:
the short waves danced ahead under a sky without a cloud, andthe strong bows of the Ibis hardly swayed as she flew forwardover the flying crests.
Only his hosts and their daughter were on the yacht-of coursewith Eldorada Tooker and Mr. Beck in attendance. An eminentarchaeologist, who was to have joined them at Naples, hadtelegraphed an excuse at the last moment; and Nick noticed that,while Mrs. Hicks was perpetually apologizing for the great man’sabsence, Coral merely smiled and said nothing.
As a matter of fact, Mr. and Mrs. Hicks were never as pleasantas when one had them to one’s self. In company, Mr. H nike air max 95 icks ranthe risk of appearing over-hospitable, and Mrs. Hicks confuseddates and names in the desire to embrace all culture in h erconversation. But alone with Nick, their old travelling-companion, they shone out in their nike air max sale native simplicity, and Mr.
Hicks talked soundly of investments, and Mrs. Hicks recalled herearly married days in Apex City, when, on being brought home toher new house in Aeschylus Avenue, her first thought had been:
„How on earth shall I get all those windows washed?“The loss of Mr. Buttles had been as serious to them as Nick hadsupposed: Mr. Beck could never hope to replace him. Apart fromhis mysterious gift of languages, and his almost superhumanfaculty for knowing how to address letters to eminent people,and in what terms to conclude them, he had a smattering ofarchaeology and general culture on which Mrs. Hicks had learnedto depend–her own memory being, alas, so inadequate to therange of her interests.
Her daughter nike air max 1 might perhaps have helped her; but it was not MissHicks’s way to mot nike air max her her parents. She was exceedingly kind tothem, but left them, as it were, to bring themselves up as bestthey could, while she pursued her own course of self-development. A sombre zeal for knowledge filled the mind ofthis strange girl: she appeared interested only in freshopportunities of adding to her store of facts. They wereilluminated by little imagination and less poetry; but,carefully catalogued and neatly sorted in her large cool brain,they were always as accessible as the volumes in an up-to-datepublic library.
To Nick there was something reposeful in this lucid intellectualcuriosity. He wanted above all things to get away fromsentiment, from seduction, from the moods and impulses andflashing contradictions that were Susy. Susy was not a nike air max 90 greatreader: her st cheap nike air max ore of facts was small, and she had grown upamong people who dreaded ideas as much as if they had been acontagious disease. But, in the early days especially, whenNick had put a book in her hand, or read a poem to her, herswift intelligence had instantly shed a new light on thesubject, and, penetrating to its depths, had extracted from themwhatever belonged to her. What a pity that this exquisiteinsight, this intuitive discrimination, should for the most parthave been spent upon reading the thoughts of vulgar people, andextracting a profit from them–should have been wasted, sinceher childhood, on all the hideous intricacies of „managing“!
And visible beauty–how she cared for that too! He had notguessed it, or rat nike canada her he had not been sure of it, till the daywhen, on their way through Paris, he ha nike canada online d taken her to theLouvre, and they had stood before the little Crucifixion ofMantegna. He had not been looking at the picture, or watchingto see what impression it produced on Susy. His own momentarymood was for Correggio and Fragonard, the laughter of the MusicLesson and the bold pagan joys of the Antiope; and then he hadmissed her from his side, and when he came to where she stood,forgetting him, forgetting everything, had seen the glare ofthat tragic sky in her face, her trembling lip, the tears on herlashes. That was Susy ….
cheap nike air max trainers Closing his book he stole a glance at Coral Hicks’s profile,thrown back against the cushions of

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