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“But now you have come,” said she simply.
“Yes, to remind you that you have friends. You have been here in secret all the winter. Mr. Calhoun did not know you had come. Why did you not go to him?”
“I was waiting for you to come. Do you not remember our bargain? Each day I expected you. In some way, I scarce knew how, the weeks wore on.”
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“Yes, I have seen her,” she said, still simply.
I could think of no word suited to that moment. I stood only looking at her. She would have spoken, but on the instant raised a hand as though to demand my silence. I heard a loud knock at the door, peremptory, commanding, 杭州洗浴中心有哪些 as though the owner came.
“You must go into another room,” said Helena von Ritz to me hurriedly.
“Who is it? Who is it at the door?” I asked.
looked at me calmly. “It is Sir Richard Pakenham,” said she. “This is his usual hour. I will send him away. Go now—quick!”
I rapidly passed behind the screening curtains into the hall, even as I heard a heavy foot stumbling at the threshold and a somewhat husky voice offer some sort of salutation.
CHAPTER XXXII PAKENHAM’S PRICE
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“My father is here to-day,” I heard her clear voice answer, “and, as you suggest, it might perhaps be better—”
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“No, Sir Richard, it would never do. Go, then!” spoke a low and icy voice, hers, yet not hers. “Hasten!” I heard her half whisper. “I think perhaps my father—”
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“Madam,” I began. And again, “Madam!” and