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omposed her world. Susy hadalways lived among people so denationalized that those one tookfor Russians generally turned out to be American, and those onewas inclined to ascribe to New York proved to have originated inRome or Bucharest. These cosmopolitan people, who, in countriesnot their own, lived in houses as big as hotels, or nike air max 1 in hotelswhere the guests were as international as the waiters, hadinter-married, inter-loved and inter-divorced each other overthe whole face of Europe, and according to every code thatattempts to regulate human ties. Strefford, too, had his homein this world, but only one of his homes. The other, the one hespoke of, and probably thought of, least often, was a great dullEnglish country-house in a northern county, where a life asmonotonous and self-contained as his own was chequered anddispersed had gone on for generation after generation; and itwas the sense of that house, and of all it typified even to hisvagrancy and irreverence, which, coming out now and then in histalk, or in his attitude toward something or somebody, gave hima firmer outline and a steadier footing than the othermarionettes in the dance. Superficial cheap air max 1 ly so like them all, andso eager to outdo them in detachment and adaptability,ridiculing the prejudices he had shaken off, and the people towhom he belonged, he still kept, under his easy pliancy, theskeleton of old faiths and old fashions. “He talks everylanguage as well as the rest of us,” Susy had once said of him,”but at least he talks one lan air max 1 guage better than the others”; andStrefford, told of the remark, had laughed, called her an idiot,and been pleased.
As he shambled up the stairs with her, arm in arm, she wasthinking of this quality with a new appreciation of its value.
Even she and Lansing, in spite of their unmixed Americanism,their substantial background of old-fashioned cousinships in NewYork and Philadelphia, were as mentally detached, as universallyat home, as touts at an International Exhibition. If nike air max 1 they wereusually recognized as Americans it was only because they spokeFrench so well, and because Nick was too fair to be “foreign,”and too sharp-featured to be English. But Charlie Strefford wasEnglish with all the strength of an inveterate habit; andsomething in Susy was slowly waking to a sense of the beauty ofhabit.
Lounging on the balcony, whither he had followed her withoutpausing to remove the stains of travel, Strefford showed himselfimmensely interested in the last chapter of her history, greatlypleased at its having been enacted under his roof, and hugelyand flippantly amus nike air max 1 leopard ed at the firmness with which she refused tolet him see Nick till the latter’s daily task was over.
“Writing? Rot! What’s he writing? He’s breaking you in, mydear; that’s what he’s doing: establishing an alibi. What’llyou bet he’s just cheap nike air max 1 sitting there smoking and reading Le Rire?
Let’s go and see.”But Susy was firm. “He’s read me his first chapter: it’swonderful. It’s a philosophic romance–rather like Marius, youknow.””Oh, yes–I do!” said Strefford, with a laugh that she nike air max 1 grey thoughtidiotic.
She flushed up like a child. “You’re stupid, Streffy. Youforget that Nick and I don’t need alibis. We’ve got rid of allthat hyprocrisy by agreeing that each will give the other a handup when either of us wants a change. We’ve not married to spyand lie, and nag each other; we’ve formed a partnership for ourmutual advantage.””I see; that’s capital. But how can you be sure that, when Nickwants a change, you’ll consider it for his advantage to haveone?”It was the point that had always secretly tormented Susy; sheoften wondered if it equally tormented Nick.
“I hope I cheap air max 1 shall have enough common sense–” she began.
“Oh, of course: common sense is what you’re both bound to baseyour argument on, whichever way you argue.”This flash of insight disconcerted her, and she said, a littleirritably: “What should you do then, if you married?–Hush,Streffy! I forbid you to shout like that–all the gondolas arestopping to look!””How can I help it?” H nike air max 1 ebay e rocked backward and forward in hischair. “‘If you marry,’ she says: ‘Streffy, what have youdecided to do if you suddenly become a raving maniac?'””I said no such thing. If your uncle and your cousin died,you’d marry to-morrow; you know you would.””Oh, now you’re talking business.” He folded his long arms andleaned over the balcony, looking down at the dusky ripplesstreaked with fire. “In that case I should say: ‘Susan, mydear–Susan–now that by the nike air max 1 red merciful intervention of Providenceyou have become Countess of Altringham in the peerage of GreatBritain, and Baroness Dunsterville and d’Amblay in the peeragesof Ireland and Scotland, I’ll thank you to remember that you area member of one of the most ancient houses in the UnitedKingdom–and not to get found out.'”Susy laughed. “We know what those warnings mean! I pity mynamesake.”He swung about and gave her a quick look out of his small uglytwinkling eyes. “Is there any other woman in the world namedSusan?””I hope so, if the name’s an essential. Even if Nick chucks me,don’t count on me to carry out that programme. I’ve seen it in nike air max 1 black practice too often.””Oh, well: as far as I know, everybody’s in perfect health atAltringham.” He fumbled in his pocket and drew out a fountainpen, a handkerchief over which it had leaked, and a nike air max 1 premium packet ofdishevelled cigarettes. Lighting one, and restoring the otherobjects to his pocket, he continued calmly: “Tell me how didyou manage to smooth things over with the Gillows? Ursula wasrunning amuck when I was in Newport last Summer; it was justwhen people were beginning to say that you were going to marryNick. I was a fraid she’d put a spoke in your wheel; and I hearshe put a big cheque in your hand instead.”Susy was silent. From the first moment of Strefford’sappearance she had known that in the course of time he wouldput that question. He was as inquisitive as a monkey, and whenhe had made up his mind to find out anything it was useless totry to divert his attention. After a moment’s hesitation shesaid: “I flirted with Fred. It was a bore but he was verydecent.””He would be–poor Fred. And you got Ursula thoroughlyfrightened!””Well–enough. And then luckily that young Nerone Altineriturned up from Rome: he went over to New York to look for a jobas an engineer, and Ursula made Fred put him in their ironworks.” She paused again, and then added abruptly: “Streffy!
If you knew how I hate that kind of thing. I’d rather have Nickcome in now and tell me frankly, as I know he would, that he’sgoing off with–“”With Coral Hicks?” Strefford suggested.
She laughed. “Poor Coral Hicks! What on earth made you thinkof the Hickses?””Because I caught a nike air max 1 sale glimpse of them the other day at Capri.
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