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ly still enchanted with each other’ssociety. Nelson Vanderlyn beamed on his wife, sent his daughteroff to bed with a kiss, and leaning back in his armchair beforethe fruit-and-flower-laden table, declared nike air max sale that he’d never spenta jollier day in his life. Susy seemed to come in for a fullshare of his approbation, and Lansing thought that Ellie wasunusually demonstrative to her friend. Strefford, from hishostess’s side, glanced across now and then at young Mrs.
Lansing, and his glance seemed to Lansing a confidential commenton the Vanderlyn raptures. But then Strefford was always havingprivate jokes with people or about them; and Lansing wasirritated with himself for perpetually suspecting his bestfriends of vague complicities at his expense. “If I’m going tobe jealous of Streffy now–!” he concluded with a grimace of nike air max self-derision.
Certainly Susy looked lovely enough to justify the mostirrational pangs. As a girl she had been, for some people’staste, a trifle fine-drawn and sharp-edged; now, to her oldlightness of line was nike blazers added a shadowy bloom, a sort of star-reflecting depth. Her movements were slower, less angular; hermouth had a needing droop, her lids seemed weighed down by theirlashes; and then suddenly the old spi rit would reveal itselfthrough the new languor, like the tartness at the core of asweet fruit. As her husband looked at her across the flowersand lights he laughed inwardly at the nothingness of all thingselse.
Vanderlyn and Clarissa left betimes the next morning; and Mrs.
Vanderlyn, who was to start for St. Moritz in the afternoon,devoted her last hours to anxious conferences with her maid andSusy. Strefford, with Fred Gillow and the others, had gone fora swim at the Lido, and Lansing seized the opportunity to getback to his book.
The quietness of the great echoing place gave him a foretaste ofthe solitude to come. By mid-August all their party would bescattered: the Hickses off on a cruise to Crete and the AEgean,Fred Gillow on the way to his moor, Strefford to stay withfriends in Capri till his annual visit to nike air max classic Northumberland inSeptember. One by one the others would follow, and Lansing andSusy be left alone in the great sun-proof palace, alone underthe star-laden skies, alone with the great orange moons-stilltheirs!–above the bell-tower of San Giorgio. The novel, inthat blessed quiet, would unfold itself as harmoniously as hisdreams.
He wrote on, forgetful of the passing hours, till the dooropened and he heard a step behind him. The next moment twohands were clasped over his eyes, and the air was full of Mrs.
Vanderlyn’s last new scent.
“You dear thing–I’m just off, you know,” she said. “Susy toldme you were working, and I forbade her to call you down. Sheand Streffy are waiting to take me to the station, and I’ve runup to say good-bye.””Ellie, dear!” Full of compunction, Lansing pushed aside hiswriting and started up; nike air max 90 sale but she pressed him back into his seat.
“No, no! I should never forgive myself if I’d interrupted you.
I oughtn’t to have come up cheap nike air max ; Susy didn’t want me to. But I hadto tell you, you dear …. I had to thank you…”In her dark travelling dress and hat, so discreetly conspicuous,so negligent and so studied, with a veil masking her paint, andgloves hiding her rings, she looked younger, simpler, morenatural than he had ever seen her. Poor Ellie such a goodfellow, after all!
“To thank me? For what? For being so happy here?” he laughed,taking her hands.
She looked at him, laughed back, and flung her arms about hisneck.
“For helping me to be so happy elsewhere–you and Susy, you twoblessed darlings!” she cried, with a kiss on his cheek.
Their eyes met for a second; then her arms slipped slowlydownward, dropping to cheap nike air max trainers her sides. Lansing sat before her lik cheap nike blazers e astone.
“Oh,” she gasped, “why do you stare so? Didn’t you know …?”They heard Strefford’s shrill voice on the stairs. “Ellie,where the deuce are you? Susy’s in the gondola. You’ll missthe train!”Lansing stood up and caught Mrs. Vanderlyn by the wrist. “Whatdo you mean? What are you talking about?””Oh, nothing … But you were both such bricks about theletters …. And when Nelson was here, too …. Nick, don’thurt my wrist so! I must run!”He dropped her hand and stood motionless, staring after her andlistening to the click of her high heels as she fled across theroom and along the echoing corridor.
When he turned back to nike air max 1 the table he noticed that a small moroccocase had fallen among his papers. In falling it had opened, andbefore him, on the pale velvet lining, lay a scar blazers f-pin set witha perfect pearl. He picked the box up, and was about to hastenafter Mrs. Vanderlyn–it was so like her to shed jewels on herpath!–when he noticed his own initials on the cover.
He dropped the box as if it had been a hot coal, and sat for along while gazing at the gold nike air max 95 N. L., which seemed to have burntitself into his flesh.
At last he roused himself and stood up.
Chapter 10
WITH a sigh of relief Susy drew the pins from her hat and threwherself down on the lounge.
The ordeal she had dreaded was over, and Mr. and Mrs. Vanderlynhad safely gone their several ways. Poor Ellie was not notedfor prudence, and when life smiled on her she was given tobetraying her gratitude too openly; but thanks to Susy’svigilance (and, no doubt, to Strefford’s tacit co-operation),the dreaded twenty-four hours were happily over. NelsonVanderlyn had departed without a shadow on his brow, and thoughEllie’s, when she came down from bidding Nick good-bye, hadseemed to Susy less serene than usual, she became her normalself as soon as it was discovered that the red morocco bag withher jewel-box was missing. Before it had been discovered in thedepths of the gon cheap nike air max dola they had reached the station, and therewas just time to thrust her into her “sleeper,” from which shewas seen to wave an unperturbed farewell to her friends.
“Well, my dear, we’ve been it through,” Strefford remarked witha deep breath as the St. Moritz express rolled away.
“Oh,” Susy sighed in mute complicity; then, as if to cover herself-betrayal: “Poor darling, she does so like what she likes!””Yes–even if it’s a rotten bounder,” Strefford agreed.
“A rotten bounder? Why, I thought–“”That it was still young Davenant? Lord, no–not for the lastsix months. Didn’t she tell you–?”Susy felt herself redden. “I didn’t ask her–“”Ask her? You mean you didn’t let her!””I didn’t let her. And I don’t let you,” Susy added sharply, ashe helped her into the gondola.
“Oh, all right: I daresay you’re right. It simplifies things,”Strefford placidly acquiesced.
She made no answer, and in silence they glided homeward.
Now nike air max 90 , in the quiet of her own room, Susy lay and pondered on thedistance she had travelled during the last year. Strefford hadread her mind with his usual penetration. It was true thatthere had been a time when she wo

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