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The putty had perished in places, so that some of the panes were on the point of falling out. Nevertheless, it had a brave look of carrying on triumphantly, for tulips and crocuses were springing neat as ever from the turf and it was over-hung by a green mist of trees just coming into leafage. They entered and took their seats at a table from which they could watch the pale flowing of the river through the spangled peace of the outside world. Why resist anything, if everything happens for the best?

If it were true, it would give us the license to be as flabby as we liked—which rather falls in line with what we were saying about Adair. But who is she—this woman? You say you've seen her. Tabs couldn't quite make up his mind whether he ought to laugh or frown. The suspicion had crossed his mind that this composed imp of a girl, who could look so immensely the young lady when she liked, was playing a sly game with him.

However he pretended to take her seriously. Terry laughed outright and looked away from him, following the river with her eyes. I think that's her attraction; that's what makes people forgive her everything. She starts each day afresh—it really is a new day for her, with no old hates or griefs or [Pg 35] dreads to drag her down. She has no regrets because she remembers nothing. Whatever happened yesterday she puts out of mind; she forgets everything except her willingness to be friends.

Until the war ended, if you'd not seen her for a month, you were never quite sure how you ought to address her. Even now one's liable to make a mistake. Adair Easterday, perhaps. Under her willful mystifications his calmness was getting ruffled. While he listened to her, he kept comparing this day with the other day that his imagination had painted. The world was to have been so much better and kinder when the agony of the trenches was ended.

It was in order that it might be better that so many men had not come back. And this was the kinder world—a world in which men, saved from the jaws of death, met the girls they had loved as strangers, in whose presence, if they were to avoid offense, they must pick their words! A world full of men like Adair, who had been honorable until others had made them safe by their sacrifice, and of women like Maisie of the many names, who forgot her yesterdays that she might seize her selfish personal happiness!

There's your sister and her kiddies; their future's at stake. If I'm to be of any help——" He broke off, for a voice inside his brain had started talking, "You're [Pg 36] old. That's exactly the way in which her father speaks to her. Her face was lowered; he could see nothing but the top of her golden head. Youth radiated from her; even in his anger it intoxicated him.

It isn't decent, Terry; the situation's too serious. Let me have the facts. How does she come by all these different names? Does she call herself something different with each new dress? Terry's eyes were wide and sorry. You've been disappointed in me from the moment we met. We're not the same. And I know it's not all my fault. Her lips trembled. He was in terror lest she would give way to crying. I'm—— Terry, how is it that we've drifted so apart?

I keep groping after the old Terry; for a minute I think I've found her, and then she's no longer there. Drying her eyes, she nodded. That's what I keep doing, barking my shins in the dark, trying to follow the old Tabs. He's always going away from me——". It's remembered things that are so silencing. I saw some of those things in our hospital in France.

It isn't that they're ungrateful. She nursed him. Whatever made you think that? I therefore conjectured——". May I light a cigarette? Three husbands in four years! She must be a very alluring person! Terry laughed nervously. I can see you don't; you think she's horrid. But let me tell you it takes a smart woman to bring three men to the point of matrimony when the world's so full of unmarried girls. And they were every one of them more or less famous—the kind of men of whom any woman would be proud.

You'll remember Pollock—Reggie Pollock; he was one of the earliest of our aces—the man who brought down the Zeppelin over Brussels and got killed himself a few days later, no one quite knew how. There was a mystery about his death. He was the man to whom she was first married. And I recall her now. Her portrait was in the illustrated papers at the time of her third marriage. It was headed A Conscientious War-Worker or something like that. And I don't forget the name the soldiers called her when they read the papers in the trenches.

After all, she made three men happy [Pg 39] before they went West. I don't see that she'd have been any more to be admired if she'd allowed the last two to go wretched. Tabs half-rose and then reseated himself. A Lucrezia Borgia, without Lucrezia Borgia's excuse. How do we know why anybody does anything—what hidden reasons they have? And yet we're always so eager to condemn! I wanted to be the first to let you know about Adair because you always used to understand. You would have understood if you'd been the you that you were.

I thought that if I explained to you about Maisie—— But what's the use! She rose from her chair and stood leaning against the table, looking wilted and pathetic. When she spoke again the heat had gone out of her words and was replaced by an appealing tenderness.

I'm so sorry for them—so sorry for you, for myself, for everybody. It hurts me here, Tabs. We want it so impatiently. We can't get it; but we want it at once— now. The things one wants are always in the past or the future, so one cheats to get them now.

He hadn't the remotest idea what she was trying to tell him. She was stirred by some deep emotion—some overwhelming loneliness. For a moment it crossed his mind that she also was tempted—fasci [Pg 40] nated by some lurement of dishonor kindred to Adair's. He put the thought from him as preposterous and disloyal. Yet it recurred. Ever since they had met she had been talking curiously—talking about having given away bits of herself to people who were hungry, little bits of herself in wrong directions.

She had coupled her own case with this unspeakable Maisie's. What was her problem? She stood there with her head bowed, like a child self-accused of wrong-doing, with all the flaunting joy of spring tapping against the window on which she had turned her back. Then it dawned on him why she was standing; he was between the door of escape and herself. He stepped aside. As she moved eagerly forward, he caught her by the points of her elbows and arrested her going.

The wild violet eyes fluttered up to his fearfully and fell as he towered over her. Though I never become any more to you than I am now, I shall always be your comrade, believing in you and loving you. Remember that. When he found her, she was talking to the girl-soldier in the yard of the inn. It'll be all right in the open country, but I'm not sure that I want to risk it in the London traffic. We're merely joy-riding and, if anything happened to the car when you weren't on military duty——".

We've barely time to do it. Their backs were towards the inn. Tabs strolled up and made a pretense of inspecting the new tire. It was Prentys who answered him. It was all bound up and puffy. Terry interrupted and took up the running. Prentys has just told me that General Braithwaite ordered her to pick him up at the War Office this afternoon at three-thirty. Now that she's sprained her wrist, she'll have to drive so carefully that there's scarcely time to do it.

Tabs couldn't help smiling at the pompous importance of little people in this newly enfranchised world. It was only yesterday that for him also the foibles of Generals had been sacred. Generals had been gods whose tantrums and mental rheumatics had thrown whole armies into a fume and fret.

For him [Pg 42] that day was ended, but it still existed for this slim girl-soldier. He was sorry for her. No one's likely to interfere with me in an Army car. Jump in and I'll get you there with a quarter of an hour in hand. It was Terry who had spoken. Her brows puckered with thoughtfulness, she was gazing far away into the green distance.

He waited for her to amplify her objection. When she maintained silence, he prompted her. After I've driven you both to the War Office, I can fudge round for a taxi. One can usually wangle one in the neighborhood of Whitehall. Before he had ended, he knew that his guess had missed fire. It wasn't his comfort that was disturbing her. Get into the back, Prentys; I'll ride in front with Lord Taborley.

He was glad to have something to occupy his attention—to be able to talk without the necessity of regarding her. They were both embarrassed by the memory of their recent tempest of emotion. So that's the name of the good fairy who gave us our day in the country. I don't remember him; but that's not remarkable. Generals at the Front were as common as policemen in London; you found one at every street corner.

As for trench [Pg 43] dwellers like myself, we never came in touch with them except when we were in for a wigging. We came in touch with them all right then. She made no remark. He had the feeling that she was annoyed with herself for having let the General's name escape her. Up to that point she had referred to him anonymously as "a friend at the War Office.

I was glad to do that for my mother's sake. After all, I'm half American. At least a third of my boyhood was spent in the States. But they're sending most of their wounded home now, so I shall soon have it back on my hands. But that wasn't what I meant. It was too big for me; I never lived there. He realized that she was encouraging him to continue talking because the topic was safe—not because it held much attraction for her. I don't know where they all are, or who's alive and who's dead. There's one man I'm particularly anxious to discover.

He slowed down, tooting his horn vigorously as they rounded an awkward corner. When they were again on the level she reminded him: "You were saying that you were anxious to discover——" [Pg 44]. There isn't much to tell! He looked after me while I was up at the 'Varsity; when I left, I carried him off. I was always wandering, so I made him my body-servant. When we were leading civilized lives in cities he acted as my valet-butler-secretary. When we were adventuring in the remoter parts of the world, he was my companion-friend.

I had a real affection for the chap; he was so genuinely distinguished and quick to learn. He'd have gone far if things had kept on. As it is, he's probably gone farther. We joined up together in the ranks. You know all about my end of it. I suppose it was my mother's democratic Americanism that made me do that. We got drafted into different regiments. After the fighting had been going for a year, he stopped corresponding. The funny thing was that none of my letters to him was returned.

She was so bored that she was scarcely listening. He cut the matter short by adding, "It was your mention of General Braithwaite that started me gossiping. She pulled herself together with a jerk and instantly became all attention. How could my mentioning General Braithwaite do that? He noticed again her unreasonable suspicion of hostility each time he made a reference to this man. Thinking it the wiser policy to overlook it, he an [Pg 45] swered evenly, "Because his name also happened to be Braithwaite.

Fully fifteen minutes elapsed. He hadn't been able to contrive any fresh topic which was sufficiently innocuous, so he'd been keeping silent. They were again passing over the bridge beneath which, like a gleaming sword, lay the Thames, barriered on either bank by the little bow-windowed houses, with their shining brasses and whitened steps. They were already catching up with the throng of London traffic when she shook herself out of her self-absorption by saying, "There must be thousands of Braithwaites in the world.

He glanced at her out of the corners of his eyes. Her latest conversational effort tickled his sense of humor—it was so wholly inadequate. He laughed outright. My dear Terry, there must be hundreds of thousands. It was the best part of five years since Tabs had driven a car. He hadn't yet regained his old dexterity. He wasn't expert enough to attend to the wheel and at the same time to carry on a conversation.

As he left the bridge he had to pass a coster's barrow which was drawn up beside the curb. The [Pg 46] coster was dressed in the soiled khaki of a man recently released from the Army; his barrow was piled high with narcissi and daffodils, and a drowsy donkey drooped between the shafts. In avoiding a suicidal pedestrian, Tabs misjudged the room that he had to spare.

He felt a jolt, guessed what had happened, and jammed on his brakes. A policeman in front of him was holding up a magisterial hand. Behind him a stream of familiar trench profanity was gathering in volume; under other circumstances he would have found a certain enjoyment in the sound. He looked back and saw what he expected: the barrow overturned; the flowers scattered, the donkey surprised out of its drowsiness, thrown on its back and kicking in its harness; the coster straddling the sudden ruin and calling down all the rigors of the law.

A crowd was running together; it hesitated between the coster and Tabs, uncertain as to which would provide the more exciting entertainment. When the policeman waving his note-book approached the car, it plunked for Tabs. The policeman was a stout, fat-fingered, immovable kind of person. He said nothing till he had penciled down the car's official number. Tabs gave his name and address. The lean aristocratic face which he encountered seemed to correspond with the specifications recorded.

He asked to see his Lordship's license. Tabs embarked on explanations, pointing to the bandaged wrist of Prentys as a confirmation [Pg 47] of his facts. While he was explaining the coster joined them, having got his donkey on to its legs. He was violent with anger and burning to expound the justice of his cause.

Suddenly he struck out a convincing line of argument, "Look at 'im, the bloomin' slacker—the pasty h'aristocrat. Not 'im. But now the war's been won by poor blokes like meself, 'e ain't ashamed ter go banging abart in h'Army cars.

I was only demobbed yesterday; to-day's my first day out of uniform. I'll pay you whatever you think fair; so you don't need to work yourself up. The man's attitude changed completely. He removed his cap and scratched his head. Then you and me was pals out there! The policeman let his fat eyes wander from the coster to Tabs, from Tabs back to the coster. Your fust day h'out of the h'Army! Well, well! Tabs protested. The man climbed the running-board and pushed his grime-stained hand into the car.

And now the little lady, if she don't h'object. Terry shook his hand daintily. So there wasn't going to be a fight after all! Everything had been settled amicably! With an air of disappointment the crowd dispersed. I'd forgotten. Well, it won't do the old boy any harm to wait. Lord, the hours he and his sort have kept me waiting on parade-grounds in France! Then he remembered that this General wasn't an old boy. If he wasn't old, there was all the less reason for making so much effort not to be late.

Nevertheless, to please Terry—— He could feel her body twitching. Every time he had to slow down for traffic he was aware of her impatience. Why was it of such vital importance to her that they should arrive in time? She wasn't too punctual by habit.

Her anxiety wasn't that they should arrive in time, but before time. She didn't intend, if she could prevent it, that he should meet the owner of the car. Had it not been for the double accident of Prentys spraining her wrist and having failed to mention that the car must be back by three-thirty, he would never have been allowed to know that there was a General.

Terry had been compelled to let him drive if the borrowed car was to be returned; but her main object now was to reach the War Office a few minutes early and to smuggle him off before an introduction would be necessary. If they arrived punctually or late, the General might be already on the pavement—— Tabs bit his lip. He hated petty intrigue. He demanded a man's code of honor from the woman he adored and made no feeble excuses for feminine dishonesty.

This was the worst disappointment she had given him. As they approached Hyde Park, when it was too late to turn off into a side-street, he saw that the road ahead was blocked. He worked the car as far forward as possible and then had to halt. Terry was nervously consulting her watch. At that moment the crowd out of sight com [Pg 50] menced cheering.

The cheering spread and drew nearer. It was taken up by people who were strung across the road immediately in front. A carriage flashed by in which two ladies were sitting, one of whom was bowing from right to left. Despite her irritation at the delay, Terry stood up so that she could get a clearer view above the clustered heads. The cheering grew deafening, then lessened, and sank to a hoarse murmur beneath the trees of the Park.

As she reseated herself and the traffic lurched forward, she turned to Tabs, "You noticed who it was? She's supposed to be the most beautiful woman in England. They made a clear run of it from Hyde Park Corner to Whitehall and drew up quite marvelously before the War Office on the second. But Terry wasn't there to listen to him, as he discovered when his attention was free and the engine had ceased to throb. Almost before they had halted, she had nipped out of the car and was hailing a taxi which was on the point of moving off.

His bag was already in process of being whisked from one vehicle to the other. This inde [Pg 51] cent haste to be rid of him roused his obstinacy; he sat still where he was and watched. She returned a little breathless and self-congratulatory. Wasn't that clever of me? Taxis are scarce. If I hadn't collared you that one you might have—— Come on, Tabs, if you're stiff in your lame leg, give me your hand and I'll——".

At that moment the dingy swing-doors of the War Office flew open and a red-tabbed, handsome figure of a man, with gold braid on his cap and crossed swords on his epaulettes, came briskly out on to the steps. He caught sight of Terry and, throwing her an airy salute, came with an eager stride towards her.

He wasn't the old fogy Tabs had so persistently imagined. He was young, barely thirty, lean, tall and swift-moving as an arrow—very much what Tabs had been before he had spent himself at the war. This is ripping. I didn't expect you—— But what's all this? An accident! What have you been doing to Prentys? The voice was glad and frank, though its habit of command was unmistakable.

Every gesture bespoke authority and arrogance of body. Even in this moment of geniality, "Obedience and no explanations" was written all over him. He was a man who believed his acceptable importance to be a verity established beyond the pale of challenge. Yet there was something lacking—a sureness of refinement, a last considerateness. With the first word he had spoken, Tabs had detected that he wasn't quite the part.

Terry had hurried forward to meet him. She was saying something in a voice so subdued that it did not carry. She had so contrived their grouping—or was it an accident? Tabs waited, then turned to Prentys, "My taxi-man's getting impatient. Will you give my thanks to the General for his kindness and make the explanations? He had given the driver his address and was stepping into the taxi, when he heard Terry's voice, "Why, you're running away!

You mustn't go without meeting the General. Tabs limped back to the pavement and found the General regarding him intently. And then to Terry, "You didn't tell me that it was for Lord Taborley you were borrowing my car. Before Terry could reply, Tabs was answering for her, "Then I have to apologize to you, sir, as well as to thank you. But we've used the same car often, haven't we? In fact, I'm certain that we've met many times. It's the first time I've had the pleasure. The two tall men stood glooming at each other.

Tabs had it on the tip of his tongue to say something more, but glanced at Terry and thought bet [Pg 53] ter of it. Instead he addressed her, "Do I drive you home? For the first time since they had been introduced Terry came between their hostility. You said that this was the first time you had met him. Tabs refused to make her the witness of a quarrel. I can't keep my cab waiting longer—are you riding with me, Terry? She avoided his eyes. He raised his hat. As he drove away he felt compelled to look back just once to assure himself.

He caught the General's features in full sunlight; he had not been mistaken. He's gone farther than far with a vengeance. The taxi had scarcely drawn up before a small, prim house in Brompton Square when the door was opened by a neat maid in immaculate cap and apron. She was so neat and respectful as to appear almost passionless.

She had the high complexion of a Country girl, good gray eyes, a slim, attractive figure and dark, wavy hair which escaped rebelliously from beneath her cap. One wondered how she looked in her off-duty moments, when she wasn't saying, "Yes, your Lordship" and "No, your Lordship.

I'll be with you in a moment. As he paid the fare, he let his eyes wander. The outside of the house had been painted white, evidently in honor of his home-coming. The work had been only recently completed, for the chalked warning on the pavement was not yet obliterated, "Wet Paint Beware. The steps were speckless as a newly laundered shirt, the brasses polished to the brilliancy of precious metal. His window-boxes—— He glanced [Pg 55] along the fronts of his neighbors' houses; they hadn't put theirs out yet.

His were ahead of everybody's; they made a cheerful splash of red, with their soldierly upstanding tulips, above the long serried line of area-railings. Again Ann's doing! And the snow-white curtains behind each row of panes were also Ann's. The driver clicked his "For Hire" sign into the upright position and chugged away to join the flow of traffic which thumped orchestrally past the end of the Square.

Tabs climbed the three low steps separately; he had been used to take them at a bound. He tried to climb them slowly as though from choice, and not from necessity. He was very conscious that Ann was watching. As she closed the door behind him he said, "So you knew I was coming? You received my telegram? I didn't know it myself. I hope you didn't trouble to prepare lunch. They tell me that all the cooks have become bus-conductresses or lady-secretaries.

My sister—the one who lost her husband at Mons. I thought you wouldn't object——". He cut her short. Whatever you've done is right. From what I've seen already you've done splendidly. Under his praise she flushed and became a little less the servant. I wanted to have things nice for your Lordship after——" She hesitated for a word, and then burst out, "After all the dirt and beastliness! Your Lordship ought never to have gone in the ranks, begging your pardon; you weren't fitted for it.

You ought to have gone as a General. Then you wouldn't have come home with that poor leg and——" She saw him wince and changed the subject. At last Tabs saw how she looked in her off-duty moments, when she wasn't occupied with being respectful. The sudden memory came back of intuitions he had had that she and his valet might one day marry.

From time to time he had twitted them on their fondness, taking an idle pleasure in forwarding the match. And Braithwaite had kissed her before he marched away. Ridiculous to remember it now! It signified nothing. People in their station kissed when they felt kindly, and on that occasion they had had an epoch-making pretext. Her eyes were searching his with a hungry wistfulness.

So I, seeing as how he wasn't——". Tabs touched her shoulder gently. I appreciate your motives. I'm glad you [Pg 57] went ahead. But you haven't shaken hands yet. He glanced in at the dining-room before he went upstairs. The table was spread for dinner. Cut flowers were standing about in vases. The very silver had a festive shine. When he went to climb the narrow stairs she refused to permit him to carry his bag.

He guessed the reason—that he might be freer to support himself by the rail of the banisters. On the first small landing, which looked out at the back on to the Oratory and the graveyard of the Parish Church, there were still more flowers. When he reached his bedroom, three flights up, he found that his evening clothes had been all laid out and just as carefully as if Braithwaite—the old Braithwaite whom he had loved—had been there before him.

As she unpacked his bag, opening and closing drawers, "I shall have to look round for another valet," he said. Tabs felt sorry for her. She, too, like all the world was wanting the thing that she could never have. He wondered whether it wouldn't be kinder to tell her and let her know the worst. With simple pathos, which was the more touching because it was so unconscious, she clasped her hands, "He might come back.

He was never reported. My [Pg 58] letters were returned unopened. I've not given over hoping. I shouldn't like him to find that your Lordship—— If he found another man in his place, he might feel like he hadn't been wanted. Me and sister can manage——". He got no further, for her eyes were meeting his with an appeal that was desperate. He'd make one know that everything—everything was ended.

She glanced hurriedly round for a last time to make sure that there was nothing she had omitted—collar, tie, silk socks, dress-shoes, shaving-water, razor. With that she closed the door between himself and her emotion. As she rustled discreetly down the stairs, he thought he heard a sound of sobbing. It was too early to dress—not five o'clock yet. He made an estimate of the time he had to spare. If he walked across the Park to Sir Tobias Beddow's, that would take him from a half to three-quarters of an hour.

At the earliest he wouldn't have to leave the house till six-thirty. So he had the best part of two hours during which to think out his line of conduct and to dress. At dinner he would meet Terry—how would she act? And what was the right thing for him to do as her family's trusted friend?

He felt very tired. It took a tre [Pg 59] mendous lot out of one pretending to other people that one wasn't tired. He was ashamed to have to own to himself how quickly nowadays he could use up his physical reserves. For the moment there was no one to watch him; he stretched himself out at full length on the couch. He was glad to be back in this friendly house with its narrow stairways and endearing littleness; it had been his American mother's before him. Within its walls were the exquisite traces of a temperament and taste that had been hers.

She hadn't always been a great lady; to the end of her days there had remained with her the love of small things which one finds in nun-like New England towns. There had been times when the ostentation and entertaining at Taborley House had become too much for her; this nest of refuge had been her secret—her place of retreat where she had regarnered her sincerities.

She had loved the Square's old-fashioned primness, its tininess, its unchanging atmosphere of rest. It was scarcely invaded by the strum of London. In the cloud of greenness which drifted above its communal garden, one could still listen to the country sounds of birds. At the back gray religion spoke in the tolling bell of the Parish Church; through Sabbath stillnesses one could catch the pealing of the organ in the Oratory and the mutter of worshipers at prayer. Tabs had kept the house as she had left it.

It was something faithful to which to return, however much he failed in the search for his kingdom and however far he wandered. However much he failed! This first day of free [Pg 60] dom had been anything but successful. He felt as though every hope that he had had had been blotted out; that morning he had had no plan for the future which had not included Terry. What would be the upshot? Would Braithwaite accept his challenge to visit him?

If he did, what then? He, Tabs, couldn't very well ask his ex-valet, merely because he was his ex-valet, to desist from loving the same girl. He had no doubt that Braithwaite, in his new incarnation as a General, did dare to love her. He had little doubt that Terry had shown herself at least susceptible to the glamor of his infatuation. How far had the matter gone between them? There lay the guess. He searched back, trying to piece together phrases which would indicate the correct answer.

There was her disturbing confession about having given away bits of herself, little bits of herself in wrong directions. There was her reticence as to the ownership of the car and the way in which she had tried to prevent a meeting. There was her sympathy for Maisie's matrimonial excesses; her unnatural tolerance for Adair; her reiterated excuse for the current love-madness, that people had the right at any cost to be happy; and the eagerness with which she had seized on his own words, "to recover our lost years by violence.

I'm sorry for you, for myself, for everybody. And what did she know? Not that Braithwaite had been a valet—most decidedly not that he had been his valet; at most she suspected that they had been acquainted when Braithwaite had moved in humbler circles. Had she been possessed of the exact truth, she would never have borrowed a car from that quarter to meet her ex-lover on his home-coming. She had been testing—trying to discover. She had scented a mystery—one for the solving of which none of the General's explanations had proved convincing.

Then had come the unforeseen encounter outside the War Office and Braithwaite's falsehood, which even Terry had detected. Did he hope to erase his old identity? Did he think——. At this point Tabs' patience broke down. If there hadn't been a war! But there had; and this was only one of the many preposterous situations which had resulted from it. Terry was right in at least one thing that she had said—the world was upside down and walking on its head.

As he lay there thinking, with the topmost [Pg 62] branches of the trees in the Square weaving a tracery of green shadows against his windows, a sudden inspiration came to him. He sat up. Terry's proud as Lucifer. I can stop this nonsense at any time by telling her who her lover was. Braithwaite will have to call to see me; I can force him to it. When he calls, the door will be opened by Ann. I can hold the threat over him that, if he doesn't promise to break with Terry, I'll expose him.

I shall be pleased to see you any time to-morrow at my house in Brompton Square, which you know so well. The matter which we have to discuss is urgent. Yours truly, Taborley. He addressed the envelope, sealed it and rang the bell. When Ann appeared, he handed it to her.

He had done something decisive. For the time being he felt happier. Between these acts he whistled snatches of street-songs to prove to himself his genuine light-heartedness. It was while he was drying his razor that he started [Pg 63] on the wrong air. Where had he heard it? The old argument commenced again, but with a new justice. To rise from a private to a General is no crime; it's to his credit. We all had his chance and some of us had more influence; yet he got there.

He tried to eliminate his own desires and wounded pride from the problem. For five years he had been nothing and had been glad to be nothing, that the cause which he believed to be righteous might triumph by his self-effacement. What sickness of soul had overtaken him that, on this, his first day of freedom, he had immediately surrendered to this orgy of outrageous selfishness? It was Terry that mattered and only Terry. The stronghold of her happiness was threatened by Braithwaite's lie.

There was a kingdom for everybody, his old theory. As for himself, if he had been mistaken and his kingdom was not Terry, then he must press on, for it lay further up the road round some newer turning. Meanwhile, at whatever cost to himself he must rescue Terry's happiness. His heroic state of mind lasted no longer than it takes to set down. He was demanding too much of his exhausted capacity for self-abnegation.

He was starving for her. His old hunger to win her swept over him ravenously. Only by winning her could his lost youth be regained. He had almost completed dressing when there came a tap at the door. Finishing what he was doing in front of the mirror, he answered, "Yes, what is it, Ann?

Ann commenced speaking slowly. Under the stress of her nervousness she forgot the correct demeanor for a high-class parlor-maid and became a country girl, twisting the corner of her white, starched apron in her hands. That was foolish of me. She's put two and two together.

But Ann reassured him in her next sentence. Braithwaite and I had an [Pg 65] understanding. I'm not saying we were engaged; we weren't. We didn't tell anybody. But we'd made up our minds to get married if he ever came back. If I'd been engaged to him, I'd have a right to make enquiries; but now, in most people's eyes, I was nothing to him. That's—that's the hardest part of it. You see, sir, he was never reported dead or missing or anything.

I just stopped hearing from him. So I thought that if this General was your Lordship's friend——". Tabs' brain had been working. He already had a plan. She glanced up hopefully. Would he do it for your Lordship? I don't know how to set about things myself. It's this—this," she almost broke down, "this uncertainty that's a-killing of me.

Sister knows about her man, but I——". Tabs saw the redness of sleeplessness in her eyes; it was true—the uncertainty was killing her. He had supposed he had dismissed her and had seated himself at his desk. A sound behind him warned him; he looked across his shoulder to find her still hovering in the doorway. She answered his unspoken question as to why she was delaying.

Things like his regi [Pg 66] mental number, and his birthday, and where he was born, and all that? And wouldn't this help? She pulled out from her apron-pocket an envelope. If the General was to see it, he'd know I had the right. The jolly old war drags on and seems as though it were never going to end. Not that I've much to kick about, for it's proved a chance for me. Here's the great news. I'm in for my commission and shall soon be 'an officer and a gentleman. It's funny to think that I shall be his military superior before many weeks are out and that, were he and I to meet, he'd have to salute me.

If I come through the war, I sha'n't go back to being a valet. Once having been a gentleman——". I got the socks that you knitted and the two parcels of food from Harrods. You mustn't spend so much of your money on me. When it's all ended, I'll pay you back. We'll get married and have a little cottage in a little town, the way the song says that we heard together at the Comedy on my last leave.

You remember how it goes. Tabs looked up. That's one of the last—I never heard from him whether he lived to get his commission. When she had vanished, he reread the letter more carefully, made a copy of it and slipped the copy into another envelope addressed to General Braithwaite, together with a note from himself, which read, " One of the important reasons why I am insistent that you shall call on me is contained in the enclosed copy of one of your many letters, the originals of all of which are in my possession.

To a man of honor it speaks for itself. At the red pillar-box, at the foot of the Square, he posted this second missive. But it can't be helped. There were few pedestrians about. Until he reached the Park they were for the most part men in evening-dress, going to dinner-parties, like himself.

Sometimes they were accompanied by their [Pg 68] wives or sweethearts, whose little high-heeled shoes made a sharp tap-a-tap against the pavement. Lamps were lighted. The reluctant twilight was gradually fading; the sunset still glowed faintly above clustered chimney-pots to the west. Then he thought forward. Sir Tobias, from the moment he entered, would be scheming to get him to himself. Sir Tobias must be avoided. Directly dinner was ended, he would try to hurry him off and imprison him in his library to discuss this Maisie woman and Adair.

Still he was going to see Terry; merely to see her was a compensation which stirred his blood. He crossed the Serpentine, stretching like a phantom lake, rose and slate-colored, through the Peter Pan haunted glades of Kensington Gardens. Then he emerged from the Victoria Gate and found himself ringing a bell and being admitted by a butler, who relieved him of his coat and hat with the velvet-plush manner of a fashionable surgeon feeling a patient's pulse.

It was happening precisely as he had foreseen; it was being taken for granted that he had come as her father's friend, and therefore in some absurd measure as his contemporary. As he prepared to follow, his attention was at [Pg 69] tracted by the scarlet band and gold braid about an officer's cap which was lying carelessly on the hall-table beside a pair of dog-skin gloves. Sir Tobias was standing astride the hearth-rug with his back towards the fire.

As the door opened, he was caught in a last nervous adjustment of his tie. Even the youngest joined the shenanigans. Seven-year-old Elliott Wyatt yanked six-year-old Felicity Falkner's golden braid and then scooted for the door. Elliott Wyatt skidded to a halt. Miss Devlin's voice was quiet but firm when she continued, "I believe you owe Felicity an apology.

Do I hafta? I'm sorry, Felicity," he said in a sullen voice. That will be quite enough of that," Miss Devlin said, feeling the utter futility of her efforts even as she continued to make peace. Make up and be friends? Hardly likely considering what they heard their parents saying at the supper table every night. No, the problem with the children wouldn't be resolved until the problem with the parents found a solution. Miss Devlin sighed.

When Miss Devlin dismissed them, the two children bolted down the school steps like calves out of a loading chute. Miss Devlin stepped in front of Bliss and Hadley as they reached the doorway. It was true love, all right. That was exactly what Miss Devlin had been afraid of. What do you think your fathers would do if they knew about the two of you?

But I'm going to ask you to be very careful about expressing your feelings where they can be observed. We want to get married. Tears appeared in Bliss's large blue eyes, and one spilled over. Hadley had to clear his throat before he could speak. Hadley said no more, just stared at her. Miss Devlin's lips took on a prunish look, and unflattering lines appeared around the edges of her mouth.

Hadley was well aware that during the entire three years Miss Devlin had been teaching school in Sweetwater, she had never had a beau. Miss Devlin had never had a beau in her entire life. Not that she had wanted one, of course. When she had left St. John's Academy for Orphans in Wichita at nineteen and headed north, the last thing on her mind had been finding a husband.

She hadn't been sure exactly what she was looking for, she'd only known she had to go out into the world and seek it. She would go somewhere and teach for a year, decide that the nebulous something she was looking for, but never able to define, was missing, and move on. It was a good thing teachers were so scarce, because after a while her reference letters always contained the acerbic warning, "While Miss Devlin is a superior teacher, she has not indicated a willingness to extend her stay beyond a single school term.

In the distance, beneath a towering cottonwood, a woman sat on a patchwork quilt holding a baby to her breast, while a man pushed a small boy on a wooden swing that hung from the same tree. Several white frame houses boasted picket fences around the yards in front, and neat-rowed gardens out back. There were sod structures with dogs lolling in the dirt and long johns hanging on lines strung between oleander bushes. There was even a two-story stone mansion, with a manicured front lawn and a pale pink--yes, pink--gazebo out back.

Heart pounding with excitement, she had eyed the Powder River running like a blue crayon line down the center of the valley, surveyed the dark green pines overlooking the town from above, viewed the plowed fields that interrupted the miles and miles of grassy plains stretching as far as the eye could see, and thought: This is it. She couldn't explain her feelings, she only knew her heart had found a home.

Although Miss Devlin had stopped drifting once she reached Sweetwater, she had still avoided the usual courtship rituals. For her there had been no picnicking under the watchful eyes of the congregation at a church social. No stolen kisses on the porch swing. Not even a long, lazy stroll arm-in-arm along the river on a flower-scented summer evening. So Hadley had a good point. How could she possibly know how these two young lovers felt?

Miss Devlin swallowed over the unexpected lump in her throat. It doesn't change my opinion about how you should act. I'm convinced your discretion is critical to keeping the peace," she finished with a hard-won smile. Bliss looked up at Hadley with worried eyes. If Pa found out about us there's no telling what he'd do. I'd just die if the two of you got into a fight or.

Maybe we should--" "No! I won't stop seeing you, Bliss. I love you. I can't give you up! She was more determined than ever to find a way to end this horrendous war, which was being waged without visible battle lines. Maybe we can find a way to make things right again.

My father lost nearly his entire wheat crop. But what could they do? They were helpless pawns in an increasingly vicious game of wills. Miss Devlin spent the afternoon watching the hopeless look in Bliss's eyes, and the longing in Hadley's, with growing concern. Eden was intimately familiar with the classics, and she saw all the signs in their budding romance of a modern-day Romeo and Juliet.

She was not about to stand around and watch a similar tragedy occur. When she got Regina Westbrook and Persia Davis in here this afternoon, she was going to give them both a good piece of her mind! The children's departure from school that day was followed closely by the arrival of their mothers. Since she was still nursing, Amity Carson brought her six-month-old daughter, Edna, along. The barely veiled hostility between ranchers' wives and nesters' wives had Miss Devlin clenching her teeth in an attempt to keep her self-control.

We have a lot of planning to do to make the traditional Sweetwater Halloween Dance a success. First, there's something I think we need to discuss. Namely--" At that point baby Edna burst into a long, loud wail. She had always been sensitive about her large bosom, and Persia knew it. Eden took a deep breath, fighting for calm. With dutiful obedience, Claire Falkner and Lynette Wyatt rose and followed her imperious exit out the door.

Miss Devlin stared in bemused wonder at the barren schoolroom. Not a woman given to swearing it was beneath her intelligence , she resorted to a satisfyingly guttural "Oooooh! Once the blackboard was erased, she rearranged the benches behind the four rows of wooden desks, and checked to make sure the fire in the stove that heated the schoolroom was banked for the night. Finally, Miss Devlin took the broom from the corner and briskly swept the floor.

She discovered a stray pencil and, pursing her lips at its well-chewed condition, set it back on Henry Westbrook's desk. When Miss Devlin was done, she looked out over the pristine schoolroom and realized she hadn't found the calm she had sought.

She gathered up the papers that needed grading and left, carefully closing the door behind her.

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She is considered unsinkable. Her full speed crossings of the Northern Lane Route carry her rich passengers in the highest standards of luxury and comfort. The less well-off travel in rougher quarters but still benefit from the speed of travel. These crossings, however, are fraught with navigational hazards, the greatest of which is ice. Unlike the ship, one member of her crew is not of the highest standard.

At least, not anymore. John Rowland is a broken man who drinks to forget his past. However, when the Titan crashes into an iceberg during her attempt to break a speed record, he is forced to confront his past. Can he overcome his enemies and escape as the ship begins to sink? And can he make his way back to civilization and find self-respect once more? Adventure and soul-searching await Rowland, with a surprise ending. The story was reissued in after the Titanic sank, obviously taking advantage of the suggested similarities of the stories.

The author updated the version I suppose it should be called a novella so that the Titan and the Titanic were more alike. This book in the Archive is the version of the story, along with 3 other stories. You can tell the version by the increased displacement and horse-power of the ship reported on the second page; I'm not sure what other changes were made with respect to the edition.

Having just read a few of Robertson's nautical stories, I enjoyed this one as much as the others and I felt a lot of sympathy for the protagonist, John Rowland. The story revolves around the wreck, but it's not the whole of the story. Regarding the wreck, as I understood it, the ship was designed to withstand crashes into other ships and icebergs and still be able to limp into port with little loss of life. Consequently, the ship ran at full speed all the time.

But this iceberg was different--it had a long "beach" instead of dropping vertically into the sea. The ship didn't crash into the iceberg so much as slide up the beach until its screws were out of the water. The ship rolled over on its starboard side, causing the boilers to break off their foundations and breach the sides of the ship.

When the ship slid back down the ice, on its side, it almost immediately sank when back in the water. As far as the story being a prophetic warning ignored by the builders of the Titanic, I imagine the publishing world before and after was rife with shipwreck stories of all kinds.

I'm not sure what would have made this relatively slight story stand out and scream "Heed me! Reviewer: Neenah - favorite favorite favorite - May 23, Subject: How did this happen? I have always been interested in how this man wrote a book that foretold the future because there are too many similarities with the Titanic horrible's sinking of the unsinkable ship and the book The Titan.

I don't believe in fortune tellers and crystal balls but I do believe that some folks do have a gift, like a mother's instinct but to be able to so accurately the future 16 years later that's pretty far fetched. Why was there no publicity about this book when the Titanic was thought of building and sailing?

Was this book even brought up? The media would have had a field day once the book was becoming real. With how long the Titanic was, the amount of survivors were almost the same number. The perished was almost the same amount of people as in The Titanic. That's too close for comfort.

Did anyone notice the similarity with the book when the Titanic's maiden voyage was announced?

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