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I meant: dreary to do it without you or tiffany co jewelry sale me, she laughed,getting up lazily to go indo tiffany co ors. A broad band of moonlight,dividing her room onto two shadowy halves, lay on the paintedVenetian bed with its folded-back sheet, its old damask coverletand lace-edged pillows. She felt the warmth of Nick’s enfoldingarm and lifted her face to his.
The Hickses retained the most tender memory of Nick’s sojourn onthe Ibis, and Susy, moved by their artless pleasure in meetinghim again, was glad he had not followed her advice and tried toelude them. She had always admired Strefford’s ruthless talentfor using and discarding the human material in his path, but nowshe began to hope that Nick tiffany uk would not remember her suggestionthat he should mete out that measure to the Hickses. Even if ithad been less pleasant to have a big yacht at their door duringthe long golden days and the nigh tiffany co terminal 5 ts of silver fire, the Hickses’
admiration for Nick would have made Susy suffer them gladly.
She even began to be aware of a growing liking for them, aliking inspi tiffany uk sale red by the very characteristics that would once haveprovoked her disapproval. Susy had had plenty of training inliking common people with big purses; in such cases her stock ofallowances and extenuations was inexhaustible. But they had tobe successful common people; and the trouble was that theHickses, judged by her standards, were failures. It was notonly that they were ridiculous; so, heaven knew, were many oftheir rivals. But the Hickses were both ridiculous andunsuccessful. They had consistently resisted the efforts of theexperienced advisers who had first descried them on the horizonand tried to help them upward. They were always taking up thewrong peopl tiffany co outlet fake e, giving the wrong kind of party, and spendingmillions on cheap tiffany things that nobody who mattered cared about. Theyall believed passionately in “movements” and “causes” and”ideals,” and were always attended by the exponents of theirlatest beliefs, always asking you to hear lectures by haggardwomen in peplums, and having their portraits painted by wildpeople who never turned out to be the fashion.
All this would formerly have increased Susy’s contempt; now shefound herself liking the Hickses most for their failings. Shewas touched by their simple good faith, their isolation in themidst of all their queer apostles and parasites, their way ofdrifting about an alien and indiffere tiffany and co nt world in a compactlyclinging group of which Eldorada Tooker, the doctor and the twosecretaries formed the outer fringe, and by their view ofthemselves tiffany co bracelet as a kind of collective re-incarnation of some paststate of princely culture, symbolised for Mrs. Hicks in what shecalled “the court of the Renaissance.” Eldorada, of course, wastheir chief prophetess; but even the intensely “bright” andmodern young secretaries, Mr. Beck and Mr. Buttles, showed atouching tendency to share her view, and spoke of Mr. Hicks as”promoting art,” in the spirit of Pandolfino celebrating themunificence of the Medicis.
“I’m getting really fond of the Hickses; I believe I should benice to them even if they were staying at Danieli’s,” Susy saidto Strefford.
“And even if you owned the yacht?” he answered; and for once hisbanter struck her as beside the point.
The Ibis carried them, during the endless June days, far andwide along the enchanted shores; they roamed among theEuganeans, they saw Aquile tiffany sale ia and Pomposa and Ravenna. Theirhosts would gladly have taken them farther, across the Adriaticand on into the golden network of the Aegean; but Susy resistedthis infraction of Nick’s rules, and he himself preferred tostick to his task. Only now he wrote in the early mornings, sothat on most days they could set out before noon and steam backlate to the low fringe of lights on the lagoon. His workcontinued to progress, and as page was added to page Susyobscurely but surely perceived that each one corresponded with ahidden secretion of energy, the gradual forming within him ofsomething that might eventually alter both their lives. In whatsense she could not conjecture: she merely felt that the factof his having chosen a job and stuck to it, if only through afew rosy summer weeks, had already given him a new way of saying”Yes tiffany co 925 ” and “No.”
Chapter 7
OF some new ferment at work in him Nick Lansing himself wasequally aware. He was a better judge of the book he was tryingto write than either Susy or Strefford; he knew its weaknesses,its treacheries, its tendency to slip through his fingers justas he thought his grasp tightest; but he knew also that at thevery moment when it seemed to have failed him it would suddenlybe back, beating its loud wings in his face.
He had no delusions as to its commercial value, and had wincedmore than he triumphed when Susy produced her allusion toMarius. His book was to be called The Pageant of Alexander.
His imagination had been enchanted by the idea of picturing theyoung conqueror’s advance through the fabulous landscapes ofAsia: he liked writing descriptions, and vaguely felt tiffany co engagement rings thatunder the guise of fiction h tiffany co careers e could develop his theory ofOriental influences in Western art at the expense of lesslearning than if he had tried to put his ideas into an essay.
He knew enough of his subject to know that he did not knowenough to write about it; but he consoled himself by rememberingthat Wilhelm Meister has survived many weighty vol umes onaesthetics; and between his moments of self-disgust he tookhimself at Susy’s valuation, and found an unmixed joy in histask.
Never–no, never!–had he been so boundlessly, so confidentlyhappy. His hack-work had given him the habit of application,and now habit wore the glow of inspiration. His previousliterary ventures had been timid and tentative: if this one wasgrowing and strengthening on his hands, it must be because theconditions were so different. He was at ease, he was secure, hewas satisfied; and he had also, for the first time since hisearly youth, before his mother’s death, the sense of having someone

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