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I Col~right. K&thleen Norri& CHAPTER XXV--Continued ---19-- "Yep. I wouldn't let my~lf resent it, reel that I was out of luck falling In love with a man I couldn't have. If ~ hadn't done that you'd have mar- ,~dd one of those fellows in the office. you ever think of that?" 8he was In the deep leather chair, watching him seriously. "I suppose that's so." "It's so of every women like you; It I~s to be so. You were young in lots ~f ways, old In lots of ways, eager hnpulsive and mad to live. You had to run your head into some- thing.,, "I wonder." Tony said, frowning talntly, looking away. ~fou changed for Larry ; yon grew ttp. You were--well, like those pictures 1~ Bendy's book, when you first met him. You grew older and wiser and love}ler.- T"And better and more beautiful?" OUy suggested in the pause. "You know it's true. You're one of e rmceessful women of San Fran- qeo now. You're certainly one of the lOVeliest.,, , de.' Tony i)egan, after a pause. He flnng down an armful of logs. ~Shoot." *'Do yon suppose a person ever could ~e to l~e glad of--of anything like that--like what hurt me and humiliated ~ae and made me hate myself and ev- ,WY one else?" "l _ think." Joe said, standing pant- lllg oU the ltearth looking down '~r her uI ' , . , think timt' just one of the tltings oar might be glad of." . "A la Browning," Tony' suggested. 'Then welcome each rebuff tliat turns tarth's smoothness rough.' " _ "~Xactly--a la Browlning. And a la ~ery one who ever really grew up. ~rry's never really grown up, you ~aow, and neither ltas Caroline. .TnY was not listening, tier eyes, qxed in reluctance and attprehensfon, Were looking straight through the east- windows toward the stretciJ of ~hn road that curved to the Idghway t ~nlle away. tl~O p, . mpany, she exclahned disgust- Wiy. s a4 } 41g .. g v- "it'~ chauffeur--there's a man and in the back--damn !" Joe said. over her shoulder. They turned the terrace door and together to meet the visitors in the car. Larry," Tony said then. "l,arry Caroline." She dropped a sud- cold hand to meet Joe's. warm hard and waiting. 'Tin in for it era descended ; there was Ittle laughing confusion of hand- and kissing on the terrace. was heavier than he had been, thought, but as handsome and as shrew d of gray eyes as ever ; was at the peak of her exotic Startling beauty. In dashing black White, with a great scarf tied her chin, gauntlets with flaring a great silver fox skin linked her shoulders, and a hat about weeks in adcanee of the mode on satin black hair, she instantly made in her brown pumps and pleated and sweater, feel like a little luck to find you here!~ Larry "I was going to ring you up to- he mean it? Or was he Just a confused? Tony could not tell. rtWas only overwhelmingly conscious the dreaded moment had come: Was speaking to Lawrence Bellamy to. 4~ou didn't know !" she stare- let US ed. .y i~0u ,must both lunch with us to- ~rOW , .... said Caroline. |~When,d you get in, Larry" '/'his was this morning. We hadn't been hour before we thought of com- bers. I tried to telephone, said you couldn't be reached @ have one, though. But It's not book." what's this about Rio?" de- his sister. they want me to go down there years for the Foundation. It's chance." are you going? Let's not let s a Wonderful chance," Tony said. let's stop freezing out here and Warm !*, went in to the fire; Larry driver away with careful In- dinner at the hotel, and nine. Joe, you can give we, Tony?" we're buried in food. We've enchiladas, we've alligator Snel" Larry said. He gripped In a hearty, happy man- can't always have been like thought. "Tony, JOe? he to get back and and have Tony THE MALAKOFF NEWS I Illl I I "And how are you all--your aunt, and Cliff and Brenda?" "All flourishing. My brother Bruce has a pnlitical job in Sacramento now, and he stays up there. Cliff's married, you know. and they have a haby girl. Beady has two boys, and feels that site ought to write a book to tell other mothers how babies shoald be raised." "And when'd you come down, Tony?" asked Caroline. "Joe picked me up at Bendy's this morning. There was a big Red Cross thing yesterday, and 1 had to do it." "And how's the old city oflice',v' "Just the same. The same old story. Typewriters clicking, and tl~e boys washing themselves and dril)l,ing all over their collars, and Betsy Ross mooning about some murderer's little gray wlstful-eyed mother." "You doing signed stuff?" "Three or four times a week. And I run a woman's page; we Mve two new girls iu the office now. both Stan- ford graduates." "I'm going rotmd there tomorrow." "Are you going to have your office again upstairs?" "It all depends, Caroline hales San Pra ncisco." "Yes. but Caroline doesn't neces- sarily liars to stay there. I think Joe and I eonhl have a w~ry hie, time in Rio," Caroline said for herself. "Yon can see us off 7' "'You've only been married five months!" Joe el)serVed innocently. "Five months or live minutes," Care- line said, "'l.arry can't,exl)e('r me t. sit up there alone In the l,'a]rntou[ while he r~lus his phi newspaper." r lmnds went on steadily slicing the firm pink ham; she lifted each slice on ller knife and laid it evenly on the blue dolphin platter. "How well do you like him, Tony?" "()h. tremendously !" "And are you going to marry him?" Larry asked. Her eyes clouded, and she gave him a dubious look. slowly shaking her head. "No," she said. '~rhen may I say something to you, Tony?--because I have an opportunity uow and may not have another. May I say that I'm terribly--terribly sorry?" "I know what you mean," Tony said, her bright eyes fixed steadily on his, the color coming up quickly under her clear brown skin. "Of course you know what I mean. Of course you know. and I know. what we meant to each other, l sad been Ill. I was badly shaken by Rufl?s death, Caroline was right there--" Larry said. And as her eyes narrowcd uncomfortably and she made a gesture of restraint he went on. "My dear Tony, this is no disloyalty. Caroline and l hadn't been married six weeks, hadn't been married six days before we both knew that it was a mistake. We'd been drawn Into it---lulled into it; you know what the circumstances were. There lit tltat little place, with ltuth's mother dying, nurses there, the dt~ctor comil~g every (lily, we lived as nln('h alone as If we'd been on an Is- land. I thmtght--she'd told me that she cared for Phil Polhemus ; we'd seen him ()tit in China. I never thought of n0,self at all-- "But you are not always unhappy, Larry ?" "Not always. At base there's some- thing that holds us together. Only site's quarrelsome, Tony, and jealous." "I see the Jealousy." "She's intensely jealous of you," the man said. "Of me? It seems to me the shoe ought to be on the other foot." "But she knows, of course, how I felt--how I feel for you." "I wonder how Caroline would have felt if all Ruth's money Imdn't been in- volved?" Tony asked idly. "It wasn't all Ruth's money," l.arry reminded her quickly. "She wrote Joe of the legacies." "And Joe got a splendid slice, and Joe's the one that ougttt to have It, too," Tony said. "He helps so many people.There's no end to Joe's good- hess !" "And yet you can't love him? Tony, Tony, Tony, how blind I've beenI It's "She likes to pretend she's jealous," "And tlten only a few days after Larry suid, with a little laugh that Ruth's death she to~d ~e---tohl me was not quite easy. tlmt I had been the one always--even "I don't like to preteml anything of In the early days of Ruth's first know- th~ kind." Caroline rewrted warioly, ing me. when Caroline was a chibL Tony perceived, with a sense of sh-ek. She said we wouhl go to Paris. enter- that there was m,a'e in this thee met lain, she said that that was why site the eyes. Some earlier quarrel washad refused Phil." lending depth to this one. "i say serf "I rather thought that it was some- ously tltat I'd like to go to South tiling like that," Tony said, in tile America with Joe, if he;ll take me," pause. Caroline said, adding with a coquettish The man followed lter. a little awk- laugh, "Phil Polhemus is down there!" wardly, to the table, and sat down "Well, we'll discuss it later," I.arry facing her across its end. Tony had put In, temporizing, as she paused, a soup plate before her; she began looking evenly at her brother. Andthe corn:pelion of a salad dressing, Tony saw the dark angry red come pouring oil, measuring vinegar, occa- up under his skin. atonally tasting the mixture on the tip She went out into the kitcilen, when of her finger. "And Yet You Can't Love Him." Caroline went upstairs, and I,e~an the "Tony," Larry said, "if I had come sickening," Larry said, with a ruetul straight back, after Ruth's death, smile, "to have had--to have had all familiar inspection of icebox and trap- boards. Wood crackled in tits stove. and Tony, dodging the green thick smoke ns she put back the iron plate, found Larry beside her. "This Is a lot of fuss. oar staying." "Oh, no. It's not, truly I We thought Cliff and Mary Rose might come. All I'm doing---" Tony tmid. bringing forth a half-consumed ham, and hunting In Began tha Familiar Inspection of los Box and Cupboards. a table drawer for her longest knife. "All I'm doing Is to reheat the en- chiladas and cut the ham, and let's see, heat up biscuits, and open plum Jam. and make a salad." Larry was not listening, and she knew he was not. He said in a low tone. "Tony, how are you?" 'Terfect [" she told ldm, smiling. "No, but I mean-~how are you?" The little intimate significance did not escape her, but there was no hint of fluctuation in her steady wide-open blue eyes. "Happyt" she told hlmt with a nerv- ous shred cf laughter. "I'm glad," he said in a low tone. with his narrowed gaze keenly fixed on her. "Do you realize that it is more than two years since we have seen each other?" "Two and a half, almost.~ Tony agreed. "It was spring," "You know I was very lll?' "Joe told m~ Caroline wrote him, you know. Aad when I would come dawn weak-ends, he'd tell me." . "~ou aad have become great would you have been waiting for me?" "You know I would "Tony answered. with a full. steady to,/k. "'I failed you." Larry muttered, look. lng away. "Caroline's Interest Is clothes--men-~ he said. There was a pause. "Oh, yes l Did Caroline ,et her chin- chills coat?" Tony asked cheerfully, ending it. The man looked up in sur. prise. "How do yon mean?" : "Caroline used to say that If ever site married again tim first thing she'd make her husband buy her would be a chincldlla coat." "Our marriage was a mistake---we both see It now." Larry slid, payhtg no attention. It's all like a dream--a bad dream." "But you don't mean. Larry. that you and Caroline--already are think. lag of a break?" "I've come back ltere to work," he said doggedly. "She says she de- spises San Francisco society and hates the West. Her heart is set now on going to gin with Joe--you lteard her just now. I can't go; I don't want to go. l want to stay here and dig iutu my job." He looked up, and his dark face brightened with the smile Site re- membered so well, l,arry's mnsterful. slow smile. "And now and then take you to lunch." he said. Instead of mulling In return site slowly sltonk her head. tier face w~ry sober. "No. no more of thatl That's wha,t I paid for so dearly, Larry, knowing that you behmged to her--to Vdtth, and pretending that 1 had any right." "Imt't earing for each other a right?" "I thought so theu. I'm older now. ! see things differently now." "You're changed." he said. "In all the lovely ways lovelier, and in so many other ways changed. You're-- definite, now. You're -- outstanding, Tony. I don't ask you to forgive me. i was confused with the suddenness of everything--I was citanged, tot~-- from my IIlnes.~ Everything at home seemed far away and dreamy; the only realities were the villa, and tile hot sunshine, and Caroline all in white beiog tremendously Itelpful and kind-- the one lovely living tiling in all our lives! Can't you nnderstand?" "t do nnderstand." Tony said. "And I think." she added almost timidly, "l think you admire Caroline more than you think ymt do, Larry. It seems to me, now. since you are married---since yell dld marry so--so soon---" "So soon after Ruth's death, Yes, we both feel that; we both feel that for that very reason we have no right to separate." he conceded, as she heal. toted. "But It was one of those mar- rtages that could only have taken place In exactly that way. If we had waited a year, If we had waited until even three or four months after Ruth's it ha~, the dlfltcultles in one's life that 1 had to meet, and to have felt, as I did feel, that if I ever were free i could make my own destiny so wonderful~ so happy. and then to have had my chance and instantly thrown It away." "Were you terribly young when you married Ruth, Larry?" "Twenty-one." "A boy." "That was all." "And dtd you love her?" "1 admired her tremendously. She was a great horse-woman, you know, and she had a splendid stahle. I re- member thlnking her glorious, gallop- lng along those hines In autumn, and telling her men In the stables what to do with thls fine horse and that. Yes." he said. with the thoughtful expresshm she liked best of all on his hamlsome face, "I always loved Rutk Not--hut then there are different ways of loving. I think she never had any misgivings, I think she was never anxious, until you came along, and everything got out of hand." "That's the thing I find it hard to for. give myself." "One can't always help those things, Tony. We didn't--after all. we didn't --whnt shall I say?--hetray her." "Not in actual fael, no. I didn't," Tony said in a lighter tone, as she rose to carry her salad dressing to the ice- box, "I didn't surrender. There were timeS---" She smiled at him over her sMnlder. "But we didn't," she said. "I re- memher praying about it. hanging on to my code until my fingernails were al- most torn out. But I'm glad now--- every woman Is glad afterward when she remembers." Coming back, she sat down at the table with idle hauds, looking at him frankly. "For that part--fire and flame and breathlessness and sot eating your din- ner and lying awake all night---that part isn't the Important part, is it? It never has lasted, it never will." "Couldn't it?" the man asked, a dark flush on his face, his voice low. "'No, for it isn't the right, the wise and true part," Tony answered. "And. for the rest, Larry, seriously, seriously, haven't-you and Caroline a great deal In common? Haven't you two more in common than you and ! ever could have had? You like dlnners--cidnchilla coats "I despise dinners. I despise chin. chills coats !" "If you two had a handsome apart- ment In San Francisco. entertalned a good deal were in on opera nights and polo meets--" "What are you talking abeut?' the man asked almost roughly. *'You're not--you're surely not trying to--~rytng to persuade me that Caroline and I are rightly married? I tell you it was one d nn.,. ,,.. .... - ......... O WNTI Perviee, I 0 suddenly to wake up, ,to come back to our old Delhi of view. We said then, 'We must make a go of this. we've drawn the attention of all our world to cur tnarrfage, we Pan't con[e,~s fail- ure!' But front that xuotnent to this we've never thotl~ht alike, we have nothing In common, we are only mak- Ing each other miserabl~ !" Tony looked at him a~eeulatlvely. "I noticed the gray hair. I.arry." "That began when I was 111. Oh. Tony, if 1 could only go back tl~e last etgltt months and have it all to live over again ! It was so simph~-so easy, Just t,) bring Ruth's mmhvr h.ute and to come, ,,ut here to yon ! l~Nt it ~;eentt.d tO be a time when i ltad Io phlltge madly ahead--dizzy with freedom, per- haps, feeling that now I c-ohl do any. thing, travel, hLly a cotuttr~, [dace. imxe horses, do all the things rimt of late years hadn't hiterested iter-- "And withiu a few weeks (;arolllts and I were somehow engaged, attd even then l ~asu't takin7 It all seriously ; even thvt; 1 didn't rc4qize that she w;18 ht earm*st. We had sah] at lit'st tilal of coarse we wottld wait the whole year --then she began to--well, aml i did, tOO. |'In no[ hiatutng any,me hut my- self. "aVe were there ut the villa, Willl everything to setth,, distqtss, decide and since W~, were goi/l~ [) |)o inarrlPd some (lay, why not at ,,u(.e. ~md qltletly, atttl n.! tell ;inyOlle for SIX or eigi.t ntonths ?'" "Larry," 'l'o,,y s'tid serloli% y, "yon don't ~:~ve to 1![1 nle. N.body knows better than 1 how easily one can do a thhtg m otto nmnd and wonder about It lu another." It was the lirst touch of anythirg llko sympalhy, like temleruess she had shown him, attd he grasped at Jt eagerly. "Tony, only proatlse me thl~: th,,t whatever the complications of the next year are, witatever Caroline and I de. ride to do, you'll he my friend. I m~,y have yotlr friendship, nn!yn't I, Tony? You and 1 may see each other, ,n,1 ta;k things ,vet, aml go back re the dd days when we used to go to lunch at one at.i talk until half-past three?" "I d.n't like to remember tho~ days!" Tony said, smiling. And in the silence Joe put hts head in at the door and asked: "Do we eat In here?" and her talk with Larry was over. The door between th~ living room and the kitchen was opened, and Caroline and Joe began to set a table In by the fire Larry look the big leather chair a~d sat there starh~ at the flames, and oc- caslom!lly putting a word late the rles~ ultory talk. "What'll you do with this p'ace~ Joe, If you go to 111o?" he asked. "I.eave It just as It is. Turn tha key ta the door." "What about the dog?" "Oh. he goes'" Tony said quickly. "Any nmre talk of your golag to New York. Tony?" Caroline asked, "Not now, no." "I got my coat there." Cart, line said. "The dlvlnest chinchilla you ever saw, I'll shiny It to you tomorrow." Tony dhl not look at Larry. "1 remeLuber you wanted one." "Ready. Joe." Tony said. The sala~ was green and crisp In its bowl; tim enchiladas smoking hot. Joe brought s great stack of brown toast to the tahle "Does unyone want coffee now? N~ body Wants coffee until later, Joe," Tony ~aid. "Are you going to town tonight, Tony "t" "No. Not tonight2 "Staying with Brenda?" "No." Tony, her face suddenly pal- lag, but her eyes like sparkling blu~ stars, burst into Joyous laughter and caught Joe around the neck as sha passed his chair at the table. "Oh, Joe, darllng, we'll have to tell them !" she said. 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