Claire had never thought of taking up work of any kind, but the suggestion roused a keen interest, as one of the temporary "tight" times was in process, so that the prospect of money-making seemed particularly agreeable. She discussed the subject carefully, and out of that discussion had arisen the final offer of a post.
He was murmuring, "Claire, dear!" when she changed her tone to the echo of Brooklyn Heights, and hurried on, "You do understand, don't you! We'll be, uh, good friends." "Yes." He drove with much speed and silence.
To every man there is but one way, his way, and whether it be failure or success does not depend upon an avenged wrong, a successful marriage, or even a great work done for humanity. The test is, is his life worth the price he pays to live it? I imagine Hamlet's was." "Fallacies!" interrupted Claire. "Why, then, the tragedy?"
There's that Hartnett boy he runs around with; Tom Hartnett bought Literate training for him. And that fellow Prestonby; I don't trust him " "Prestonby?" Claire asked, puzzled. "Oh, you know. The principal at school. You've met him." Claire wrinkled her brow just like her mother, when she was trying to remember something. "Oh, yes. I met him at that P.T.A. meeting.
Claire replied, her head in the air, the indignant colour dying her cheeks with red. Mrs Fanshawe's arguments in favour of haste might be wise enough, but her personal desire was all too plainly betrayed.
And now he broke off short in his sneering reproof, as his eyes chanced upon Gavin half way down the stairs. For a second or more no one spoke or moved. Claire and her brother had an absurdly shamefaced appearance of two bad children caught in mischief by a stern and much feared teacher. Into the black depths of the stranger's eyes flickered a sudden glint like that of a striking rattlesnake's.
Philip started toward the door. "Shall I go search for him?" His voice, unknown to himself, was heavy. Claire glanced at him quickly. Her intuition told her he was jealous, and she saw he was angry. She wanted to shout at him, "Go find Lawrence!" and she was surprised at the sudden panicky nervousness that seized her.
Have you ever heard, after dark, in the North, where the hills grow big at sunset, a la Claire Fontaine crooned to such an accompaniment, and by a man of impassive bulk and countenance, but with glowing eyes? I said good-night, and stumbled, sight-dazed, through the cool dark to my tent near the beach. The weird minor strains breathed after me as I went.
"Well, then, dear," said Claire, "you'll not be gone long, will you?" "Don't worry!" was the evasive reply. "Mr. Smythe will take good care of me." On that she kissed Claire, nodded brightly to Huntington, and hurried away.
Father Lactantius, the Capuchin with the dark visage and hard look, proceeded with Sister Agnes and Sister Claire; he raised both his hands, looking at them as a serpent would look at two dogs, and cried in a terrible voice, 'Quis to misit, Diabole? and the two sisters answered, as with one voice, 'Urbanus. He was about to continue, when Monsieur du Lude, taking out of his pocket, with an air of veneration, a small gold box, said that he had in it a relic left by his ancestors, and that though not doubting the fact of the possession, he wished to test it.