Night Without Stars

By Winston Graham

1950

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Delaisse. ” “I’m sorry, m’sieu, Mme. Delaisse is out. ” “Out? are you able to inform me the place she’s long gone? ” “No, m’sieu. She went out part an hour in the past. yet we’re watching for her for lunch. ” “Oh. … I see. Is M. Bénat again? ” “Yes, m’sieu. I don’t recognize if he's in the home in the meanwhile. D’you desire to converse to him? ” “No. It doesn’t topic, thanks. ” I rang off. maybe she was once coming all the way down to see me; that appeared the main most likely factor. yet they have been anticipating her again to lunch. I hadn’t desired to communicate to Bénat until eventually I heard from her. Wait. Have endurance. Take a cigarette, only for a transformation; or write to Cousin Lewis. in the event you can’t pay attention to that, at the least write a cheque to your resort invoice. Wait. additionally they serve. She could be right here any minute. “ Don’t enable me go,” she’d acknowledged. I must have held her to that, made her spend the evening at a few position in great, saved an in depth carry on her. The switch used to be too unexpected. She’d slipped again. probably if I observed her back she’d examine me blankly, like a stranger, deny final evening had ever occurred. What the satan was once I so jumpy for? In a minute she’d be right here. Then I’d need to fake self assurance, as though I’d by no means doubted in any respect. the telephone rang. bankruptcy 18 Hullo,” I acknowledged. “Giles Gordon? ” stated a man’s voice. “Yes. ” “This is Charles. Charles Bénat. ” “Yes. i assumed so. ” “Alix requested me to ring you. We’ve had a protracted speak this morning. She defined what occurred final evening. ” “Oh, convinced. ” My throat was once a piece dry. “Frankly my first reactions weren’t very beneficial. ” “I’m now not particularly shocked. ” “On precept I’ve not anything opposed to you, Gordon. yet i feel the full thing’s been fairly rushed, and I’m now not chuffed she’s as a lot in love with you as she thinks. ” “Isn’t that for her to determine? ” “Ultimately, sure. yet it’s my accountability to prevent her plunging into one other unlucky marriage just like the final. If you’d heard her speaking approximately you at the same time lately as Monday you wouldn’t have idea her prone to make you an appropriate spouse. ” A drop of additional poison. “ I’m prepared to take the chance. ” “No doubt. the purpose is whether or not I’m keen to allow you to take it. in fact she’s her personal mistress, yet i will increase definite stumbling blocks. I’d prefer to speak the whole lot over with you. ” “Gladly. ” “You have an understanding of, i guess, that she’s now not very—stable. ” “I recognize she hasn’t grown up in a sturdy global. ” “It’s greater than that. One doesn’t prefer to say it, yet … unexpected impulses which sway her first this manner after which that. It makes her tough to depend upon from in the future to the subsequent. you need to have realised that your self. final yr she nearly admitted her love for you, this yr she hated you. Now … good …” i started to get sizzling. “Are you attempting to inform me she’s now not in her correct brain? ” “Don’t be foolish. You’re now not attempting to comprehend. i need to speak this over in a quiet method. ” “Then we should always meet. ” “I was once going to indicate it. ideally all 3 people. What are you doing to-day? ” “Nothing. ” “Then, allow me see, I’ve an appointment at … are you able to arise to the Villa Lavandou past due this afternoon—say approximately six? ” “I can.

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