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Do you need to kill your self? ” She greeted him with affected carelessness, and seemed absorbed in her profession. If he had anticipated to discover her languishing, reproachful, or indulging in sentimental tears, he should have been stunned. He was once doubtless ready for any emergency, prepared for anyone of the foregoing attitudes, simply as he bent himself simply and of course to the placement which faced him. “Please come down,” he insisted, keeping the ladder and searching up at her. “No,” she spoke back; “Ellen is afraid to mount the ladder. Joe is operating over on the ‘pigeon house’1—that’s the identify Ellen supplies it, simply because it’s so small and appears like a pigeon house—and a few one has to do that. ” Arobin pulled off his coat, and expressed himself prepared and keen to tempt destiny in her position. Ellen introduced him one in all her dust-caps, and went into contortions of mirth, which she stumbled on it very unlikely to regulate, whilst she observed him placed it on prior to the reflect as grotesquely as he may perhaps. Edna herself couldn't chorus from smiling whilst she fixed it at his request. So it was once he who in flip fixed the ladder, unhooking photos and curtains, and dislodging embellishes as Edna directed. whilst he had complete he took off his dust-cap and went out to scrub his palms. Edna was once sitting at the tabouret, idly brushing the information of a feather duster alongside the carpet while he got here in back. “Is there whatever extra you'll permit me do? ” he requested. “That is all,” she spoke back. “Ellen can deal with the remaining. ” She saved the younger girl occupied within the drawing-room, unwilling to be left by myself with Arobin. “What concerning the dinner? ” he requested; “the grand occasion, the coup d’état? ”2 “It can be day after to-morrow. Why do you name it the ‘coup ‘d’état? ’ Oh! it is going to be very superb; all my better of everything—crystal, silver and gold, Sèvres, vegetation, song, and fizz to swim in. I’ll allow Léonce pay the money owed. i'm wondering what he’ll say whilst he sees the debts. ” “And you question me why I name it a coup d’état? ”2 Arobin had wear his coat, and he stood earlier than her and requested if his cravat used to be plumb. She advised him it was once, taking a look no greater than the end of his collar. “When do you visit the ‘pigeon residence? ’—with all due acknowledgment to Ellen. ” “Day after to-morrow, after the dinner. I shall sleep there. ” “Ellen, will you very kindly get me a pitcher of water? ” requested Arobin. “The dirt within the curtains, in case you will pardon me for hinting the sort of factor, has parched my throat to a crisp. ” “While Ellen will get the water,” stated Edna, emerging, “I will say good-by and allow you to cross. i need to cast off this filth, and i've 1000000 activities and ponder. ” “When shall I see you? ” requested Arobin, looking to detain her, the maid having left the room. “At the dinner, in fact. you're invited. ” “Not earlier than? —not to-night or to-morrow morning or to-morrow midday or evening? or the day after morning or midday? Can’t you notice your self, with no my telling you, what an eternity it truly is? ” He had her into the corridor and to the foot of the stairway, having a look up at her as she fixed together with her face part grew to become to him.

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