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Chapter 14

  • We had a lovely time; certainly two of us had, Miss Langham and I. I was s_ewitched with her that I couldn't count my hands if they went above a doubl_equence; and when I struck home I never discovered it, and started up th_utside row again, and would have lost the game every time, only the girl di_he same, she being in just my condition, you see; and consequently neither o_s ever got out, or cared to wonder why we didn't; we only just knew we wer_appy, and didn't wish to know anything else, and didn't want to b_nterrupted. And I told her - I did, indeed - told her I loved her; and she -
  • well, she blushed till her hair turned red, but she liked it; she said sh_id. Oh, there was never such an evening! Every time I pegged I put on _ostscript; every time she pegged she acknowledged receipt of it, counting th_ands the same. Why, I couldn't even say "Two for his heels" without adding,
  • "My, how sweet you do look!" and she would say, "Fifteen two, fifteen four,
  • fifteen six, and a pair are eight, and eight are sixteen - do you think so?" -
  • peeping out aslant from under her lashes, you know, so sweet and cunning. Oh,
  • it was just too-too!
  • Well, I was perfectly honest and square with her; told her I hadn't _ent in the world but just the million-pound note she'd heard so much tal_bout, and it didn't belong to me, and that started her curiosity; and then _alked low, and told her the whole history right from the start, and it nearl_illed her laughing. What in the nation she could find to laugh about _ouldn't see, but there it was; every half-minute some new detail would fetc_er, and I would have to stop as much as a minute and a half to give her _hance to settle down again. Why, she laughed herself lame - she did, indeed;
  • I never saw anything like it. I mean I never saw a painful story - a story o_ person's troubles and worries and fears - produce just that kind of effec_efore. So I loved her all the more, seeing she could be so cheerful whe_here wasn't anything to be cheerful about; for I might soon need that kind o_ife, you know, the way things looked. Of course, I told her we should have t_ait a couple of years, till I could catch up on my salary; but she didn'_ind that, only she hoped I would be as careful as possible in the matter o_xpenses, and not let them run the least risk of trenching on our third year'_ay. Then she began to get a little worried, and wondered if we were makin_ny mistake, and starting the salary on a higher figure for the first yea_han I would get. This was good sense, and it made me feel a little les_onfident than I had been feeling before; but it gave me a good business idea,
  • and I brought it frankly out.