The Touchstone

By Edith Wharton

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Why did you by no means communicate? ” he requested. “Haven’t you spoke back that your self? ” “Answered it? ” “Just now—when you instructed me you probably did it for me. ” She paused a second after which went on with a deepening note—“I might have spoken if i'll have helped you. ” “But you want to have despised me. ” “I’ve instructed you that might were easier. ” “But how may perhaps you pass on like this—hating the cash? ” “I knew you are going to converse in time. i wished you, first, to hate it as I did. ” He gazed at her with a type of awe. “You’re wonderful,” he murmured. “But you don’t but recognize the depths I’ve reached. ” She raised an entreating hand. “I don’t are looking to! ” “You’re afraid, then, that you’ll hate me? ” “No—but that you’ll hate me. allow me comprehend with out your telling me. ” “You can’t. It’s too base. i assumed you didn’t care since you enjoyed Flamel. ” She blushed deeply. “Don’t—don’t—” she warned him. “I haven’t the suitable to, you suggest? ” “I suggest that you’ll be sorry. ” He stood imploringly ahead of her. “I are looking to say anything worse—something extra outrageous. in case you don’t comprehend this you’ll be completely justified in ordering me out of the home. ” She replied him with a look of divination. “I shall understand—but you’ll be sorry. ” “I needs to take my likelihood of that. ” He moved away and tossed the books in regards to the desk. Then he swung around and confronted her. “Does Flamel take care of you? ” he requested. Her flush deepened, yet she nonetheless checked out him with out anger. “What stands out as the use? ” she acknowledged with a be aware of unhappiness. “Ah, I didn’t ask that,” he penitently murmured. “Well, then—” To this adjuration he made no reaction past that of watching at her with a watch which appeared now to view her as an insignificant think about a tremendous redistribution of meanings. “I insulted Flamel to-day. I allow him see that I suspected him of getting instructed you. I hated him simply because he knew in regards to the letters. ” He stuck the spreading horror of her eyes, and for an fast he needed to grapple with the hot temptation they lit up. Then he acknowledged, with an effort—“Don’t blame him—he’s impeccable. He helped me to get them released; yet I lied to him too; I pretended they have been written to a different guy … a guy who was once useless. …” She raised her fingers in a gesture that looked as if it would chase away his blows. “You do despise me! ” he insisted. “Ah, that terrible woman—that negative woman—” he heard her murmur. “I spare not anyone, you notice! ” he triumphed over her. She saved her face hidden. “You do hate me, you do despise me! ” he surprisingly exulted. “Be silent! ” she commanded him; yet he appeared not aware of any payment on his amassing goal. “He cared for you—he cared for you,” he repeated, “and he by no means informed you of the letters—” She sprang to her ft. “How are you able to? ” she flamed. “How dare you? That—! ” Glennard was once ashy faded. “It’s a weapon … like one other. …” “A scoundrel’s! ” He smiled wretchedly. “I must have used it in his position. ” “Stephen! Stephen! ” she cried, as if to drown the blasphemy on his lips. She swept to him with a rescuing gesture. “Don’t say such issues. I forbid you!

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