By Austin Osman Spare
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And Mrs. Gurdon. ” cried Elspeth. ” Laura ignored the interruption. “I walked a little along the river path, Edward. I encountered Mr. ” “What is my conversation, pray? ” Edward frowned at Elspeth. “Pray continue, Laura,” he said. “I was walking with him no more than an hour. ” Edward nodded, encouragingly. ” “Not on the beach itself—it was much too windy. I met him at the bottom of the street, above the sea wall. We were expecting him to call so that I might present him to Elspeth, but not before midday.
That will be all. ” The girl tripped to the door, glancing back once to see Laura sitting still and strange-looking. “Let us all have a glass of wine,” suggested Elspeth. ” Edward went across to the table and poured the wine. Elspeth looked significantly at Laura, who continued to sit enveloped in silence. “Let me help you,” said Elspeth, arising from the sofa. She placed a glass of wine convenient to each and sank back upon her cushions. She looked at the light shining through the claret, imagining how well she would look in ruby-coloured satin, cut low in the bosom, with a long blonde curl straying over her shoulder.
What have you done, Laura, to expose me to such humiliation? ” Elspeth’s voice faded to a potent whisper, and she sank upon the sofa. ” “What could the St Michael’s congregation know of that? ” cried her sister, pressing her handkerchief to her eyes. ” “How I value your good opinion,” said Laura coldly, keeping her back turned to her. Elspeth burst into tears. Edward slowly came over to join Laura by the window. “What a charming spectacle we make, Brother,” she said. He kissed her cheek, then went over to Elspeth and sat on the edge of the sofa.