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ere quietly, almost coldly, uttered, but Walter believed them as he would perhaps have refused to believe a passionate outburst on the speaker's part."But surely," he argued, "you can give some accoun retty woman by his side had no idea how anxiously he was watching the clock in the gallery.Meanwhile, the guests flitted from place to place, and Ravenspur could hear the click of the balls in the bil entioned a child. Do you mean to say that you could part with your own flesh and blood in that callous way?"The Countess' expression hardened for a moment."She was his child as well as mine," she whis at I have refused to speak, why it is that I have allowed people to regard me as a perjurer. You say you read the account of the inquest. Do you recollect what a poor creature called Stevens said? He

is rather singular of me," she faltered, "but I came here tonight because your life is in danger. I believe that the man called Luigi Silva is under your roof at the present moment. You know who I mea pered."Well, what of that? I fail to see that it makes any difference. Your husband might have been a passionate man, but, apart from that, everybody spoke exceedingly well of him. He was immensely po stinct that you were still alive. And if you only knew it, there is a providence behind this thing."Countess Flavio appeared to be listening in a dull, mechanical kind of way. There was no disguising to the back of the house."There is a way out here," she said, "which leads into a lane. Now, come along. We have not very far to go."They turned out of the lane presently into a quiet, secluded thoro

ut are you not coming back with me?""I think not," Mrs. Delahay said. "It is getting very late, and I must be returning to my hotel. But, if you like, I will come and see you again, only it must be st e, for instance, you remember the death by poisoning of Count Boris Flavio, and how his wife was charged no fewer than five times with the crime?"Dallas fairly started."That is a most extraordinary th g to say. You are going to ask what I know about that wretched Flavio affair. I repeat in all sincerity that I knew nothing till the other day. I did not even know that my sister was alive, not until

heer chance you know that your sister's daughter is under my roof. For a long time past I have known that some agency has been at work to deprive me of the girl, an agency so utterly unscrupulous that the name is different. You used to have Carlotta, not Maria, on the envelopes I brought up to you."Mrs. Delahay started. With difficulty she restrained her feelings, for the chambermaid's innocent wor he rest of my life I shall be a person to be shunned and avoided, but I shall know how to bear my punishment uncomplainingly. And in conclusion, I am quite convinced of this--if I told you everything, y unable to grasp it. I can see no connection between the two, but I am perfectly certain that the death of poor Delahay is all part of the coil.""I feel that, too," Walter said. "But we need not conc

e world to get her own living. She would stay here no longer under these shameful conditions."You have spared my feelings," she began. "I almost wish now that I had not asked you any of these---"Vera 智博彩票网哋埸掮囷抬濯浣暔挹搚嬲嵿姴榝圬戙猔栜攐狴梎朡滪栾妭斝溊橠慦玁槗溱捂沮敼嗐哪拞瀹灅棝晪娞巚殪,."Yes; I know now,," was the significant reply. "I have just been talking to her. What a beautiful girl she is! How sweet and natural! How open and candid is her face! It seems almost incredible to me g the latter to give him a secret interview at once. In that letter the most horrible charges were levelled against the Countess. But we need not go into those now. I managed to get hold of the reply er, so that the effect of being somewhat far away in the seclusion of the woods was complete. A tall, fair woman, marvellously attired, was languidly singing the praises of the place to her host."Ther he rest of my life I shall be a person to be shunned and avoided, but I shall know how to bear my punishment uncomplainingly. And in conclusion, I am quite convinced of this--if I told you everything,