Dinsmore, she put her arm through his, saying with a little laugh, and what was meant for a very arch expression, "You see I don't stand upon ceremony with old friends, Mr. Dinsmore. It isn't my way." "No, Miss Stevens, I think it never was," he replied, offering the other arm to Rose.
About six, being quite positive that her watch had stopped during the night, she could wait no longer. She went and tapped at Liddy's door, and after some labour awoke her. "But I thought it was I who had to call you?" said the bewildered Liddy. "And it isn't six yet." "Indeed it is; how can you tell such a story, Liddy? I know it must be ever so much past seven.
"Cousin Elizabeth is an author, isn't she?" inquired Patty, a little timidly, for she had never seen a real, live author. "Yes," said Mr. Fleming, "Elizabeth is an author, that is, she writes novels when she isn't doing anything else; Barbara is a club woman, but she writes too, more or less." "And what do you do? Are you literary?" "Yes, I'm writing a book, myself.
"Go on," urged Jane. "What's wrong with me?" "You've been miseducated too far and too deeply. You KNOW too much that isn't so. You've got the upper class American woman habit of thinking about yourself all the time. You are an indifferent housekeeper, and you think you are good at it. You don't know the practical side of life cooking, sewing, house furnishing, marketing.
Look how we've had to pay for it. You and me. Would you rather go on thinking I didn't care for you?" "No, Jerrold, no. I'm only wondering what we're to do next." "Next?" "Yes. That's why you want me to go away." "It isn't. It's why I want you to stay. I want you to leave off working and do all the jolly things we used to do." "You mustn't make me leave off working. It's my only chance."
"I wonder if my amiable friend, Tom, could have arranged this little affair; it's sort of like old Tom to move in the dark, isn't it?" "He couldn't he wouldn't have done it, Charley!" but she looked troubled, not too sure of this. "Couldn't he? Well, maybe he couldn't but he's afraid you'll marry me and I'm only afraid you won't.
In short, Betty poured out much of the pent-up excitement and doubt and conjecture of the last few weeks to Bob, who was as hungry to hear as she was to tell it. "They certainly are fine to you!" he exclaimed, referring to the Littells. "There isn't another family in Washington, probably, who would have been as kind to you. I think you'll hear from your uncle soon, Betty.
She kind of makes you think of a yearling deer, or the picture of one of those swell girls Diana always has chasing around her. And she don't know a thing but what this country's taught her which I guess isn't a lot. But she can learn. Oh, yes. She can learn." Then with deliberate, cold emphasis: "And one of the things she'll learn is that she can't hold me up with a gun without paying for it."
"The trick would have worked, too, if I hadn't been called downstairs," he said. "The girl was quick enough to get into the room while I was out of it. Not that it mattered much, as things turned out, but it is a strange thing about this necklace, isn't it?" "Very. Has Merrington told you all about it?" "Yes, and he gave me a rare wigging for not discovering the loss.
But I am not going yet. Won't you sit down?" "I will if you're sure you can spare the time. I hope you can, because well, because I do want to talk to you. I've had bad news from home. My father is ill and in the doctor's care." "Oh, I'm so sorry. I hope it isn't serious." "I don't know whether it is or not. It can't be desperately serious, because he wrote the letter himself.