Have you seen much of her lately?” “Nothing at all,” he answered. My poor son despairs of me, for I have primed every member of the family to bring me the latest novels whenever they choose to visit. “You could tell me but you’d have to kill me?” He asked with a sardonic grin on his face. And she would have rushed to him, if she had not been forcibly withheld by her son. Unless—would he hide from them as he had hidden from her? It was a big house, he said. ‘Get out! Out, I say! Think I want another miserable cowardly good-for-nothing wastrel on my hands? Begone! Out of my house!’ He drove them to the door, grimly satisfied when the girl’s nerve broke. What marriage really meant (aside from the idea of escape), Ruth had not the least conception, no more than a child. He would discuss something she had been reading, and he would give her some unexpected angle, setting a fictional character before her with astonishing clearness. To be free of outward distraction, he shut his eyes and concentrated upon the scraps she had given him; and shortly, with his eyes still closed, he began to describe Ruth's island: the mountain at one end, with the ever-recurring scarves of mist drifting across the lava-scarred face; the jungle at the foot of it; the dazzling border of white sand; the sprawling store of the trader and the rotting wharf, sundrily patched with drift-wood; the native huts on the sandy floor of the palm groves; the scattered sandalwood and ebony; the screaming parakeets in the plantains; the fishing proas; the mission with its white washed walls and barren frontage; the lagoon, fringed with coco palms, now ruffled emerald, now placid sapphire. The misty caravans of which she had dreamed were become actualities. “Perhaps,” he said, “I have been to blame. . ’ The familiar hollow opened up inside Melusine’s chest, and she could not prevent the husky note that entered her voice.
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