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t. I have a theory of my own, but it sounds a little too cold at present."Prout dutifully returned the following evening, but Lawrence had nothing fresh to offer. He still clung to his new theory, but es had gone with the Countess. It was quite late when Bruce arrived. He asked no questions, as Hetty let him in herself. And Hetty said nothing of the fact that she had been deserted. It would only ma

go back to your work. Courage, dearest."She kissed him tenderly, and pushed him from the room. Already she had made up her mind exactly what to do. Mamie must sit down and be good till teatime, after

tonight. I--I did it for the sake of another. It was a plot to rob and perhaps murder me, but I didn't know it. Promise me on your honour that you will never speak of this to a soul."The promise thril been taken for a burglar or a house-breaker, Hetty let herself in.Everything was gone, even to the electric fittings. The place was dismantled and dirty, the floors grimy with the tramp of many feet. ill meet you at the corner of the street. You had better be disguised.""But I have only one disguise in the house--the old one.""All the better. You are used to that, and carry it off naturally. I hav

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