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standard. Buthow could she tell him that under his influence her standard hadbecome stricter too, and that it was as much to hide herhumiliation from herself as to escape his anger that she hadheld her tongue?
“You knew I wouldn’t have stayed here another day if I’d known,”he continued.
“Yes: and then where in th cheap nike air max e world should we have gone?””You mean that–in one way or another–what you call give-and-take is the price of our remaining together?””Well–isn’t it,” she faltered.
“Then we’d better part, hadn’t we?”He spoke in a low tone, thoughtfully and deliberately, as ifthis had been the inevitable conclusion to which theirpassionate argument had led.
Susy made no answer. For a moment she ceased to be conscious ofthe causes of what had happened; the thing itself seemed to havesmothered her under its ruins.
Nick wandered away from the dressi cheap air max 90 ng-table and stood gazing outof the window at the darkening canal flecked with lights. Shelooked at his back, and wondered what would happen if she wereto go up to him and fling her arms about him. But even if hertouch could have broken the spell, she was not sure she wouldhave chosen t nike air max 90 hat way of breaking it. Beneath her speechlessanguish there burned the half-conscious sense of having beenunfairly treated. When they had entered into their queercompact, Nick had known as well as she on what compromises andconcessions the life they were to live together must be based.
That he should have forgotten it seemed so unbelievable that shewondered, with a new leap of fear, if he were using the wretchedEllie’s indiscretion as a means of escape from a tie alreadywearied of. Suddenly she raised her head with a laugh.
“After all–you were right when you wanted me to be yourmistress.”He turned on her with an astonished stare. “You–my mistress?”Through all her pain she thrilled with pride at the discoverythat such a possibility had long nike air max 90 sale since become unthinkable tohim. But she insisted. “That day at the Fulmers’ –have youforgotten? When you said it would be sheer madness for us tomarry.”Lansing stood leaning in the embrasure of the window, his eyesfixed on the mosaic volutes of the floor.
“I was right enough when I said it would be sheer madness for usto marry,” he rejoined at length.
She sprang up trembling. “Well, that’s easily settled. O nike air max 1 urcompact–“”Oh, that compact–” he interrupted her with an impatient laugh.
“Aren’t you asking me to carry it out now?””Bec air max 90 ause I said we’d better part?” He paused. “But thecompact–I’d almost forgotten it–was to the effect, wasn’t it,that we were to give each other a helping hand if either of ushad a better chance? The thing was absurd, of course; a merejoke; from my point of view, at least. I shall never want anybetter chance … any other chance ….””Oh, Nick, oh, Nick … but then ….” She was close to him,his face looming down through her tears; but he put her back.
“It would have been easy enough, wouldn’t it,” he rejoined, “ifwe’d been as detachable as all that? As it is, it’s going tohurt horribly. But talking it over won’t help. Yo cheap nike air max u were rightjust now when you asked how else we were going to live. We’re nike air max born parasites, both, I suppose, or we’d have found out some waylong ago. But I find there are things I might put up with formyself, at a pinch–and should, probably, in time that I can’tlet you put up with for me … ever …. Those cigars at Como:
do you suppose I didn’t know it was for me? And this too?
Well, it won’t do … it won’t do ….”He st nike air max sale opped, as if his courage failed him; and she moaned out:
“But your writing–if your book’s a success ….””My poor Susy–that’s all part of the humbug. We both know thatmy sort of writing will never pay. And what’s the alternativeexcept more of the same kind of baseness? And getting more andmore blunted to it? At least, till now, I’ve minded certainthings; I don’t want to go on till I find myself taking them forgranted.”She reached out a timid hand. “But you needn’t eve nike air max 95 r, dear …
if you’d only leave it to me ….”He drew back sharply. “That seems simple to you, I suppose?
Well, men are different.” He walked toward the dressing-tableand glanced at the little enamelled clock which had been one ofher wedding-presents.
“Time to dress, isn’t it? Shall you mind if I leave you to dinewith Streffy, and whoever else is coming? I’d rather like along cheap nike air max trainers tramp, and no more talking just at present except withmyself.”He passed her by and walked rapidly out of the room. Susy stoodmotionless, unable to lift a detaining hand or to find a finalword of appeal. On her disordered dressing-table Mrs.
Vanderlyn’s gifts glittered in the rosy lamp-light.
Yes: men were different, as he said.
Chapter 11
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Susy, that evening, at the head of the dinner table, saw–in thebreaks between her scudding thoughts–the nauseatingly familiarfaces of the people she called her friends airmax 90 : Strefford, FredGillow, a giggling fool of a young Breckenridge, of their

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