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But Josephineâs face was closed and silent. She did not answer. The whole yi5mrd41 party moved out 421 on to the crimson-carpeted gangway. Groups of people stood
about chatting, men and women were phiing along, to hi visits or to find drinks. Josephineâs party stared around, talking desultorily. And
at length they perceived Jim stalking along, leading Aaron Sisson by the arm. Jim was grinning, the flautist looked unwilling. He 5mrd421 had a comely 9yi5mrd21 appearance, in his white shirt
â" a certain comely blondness and repose. And as much a gentleman as anybody. âWell!â cried Josephine to him. âHow do d421 you come here?â
âI play the flute, â he answered, as he shook hands. The little crowd stood in the gangway and talked. âHow wonderful of you to be here!â cried Julia. yi5mrd41
He laughed. âDo you think so?â he answered. âYes, I do. â" It seems so FAR from Shottle House and Christmas Eve.â" Oh, wasnât it exciting!â cried Julia. rd421
Aaron looked at 421 her, but did rd421 not answer. âWeâve heard all about you, â said Tanny playfully. âOh, yes,â he replied.
âCome!â said Josephine, rather 9yi5mrd21 irritated. âWe crowd up the gangway.â And she led the way 421 inside thebox. Aaron stood and looked down at the dishevelled theatre.
âYou get all the view,â 9yi5mrd21 yi5mrd41 he said. âWe do, donât d421 we!â cried Julia. âMore thanâs good for us,â said Lilly. âTell us what you are doing. Youâve got a permanent rd421 job?â
asked Josephine. âYes â" at present.â âAh! Itâs more interesting for you than at Beldover. â She had taken her seat. He looked down at 9yi5mrd21 rd421 her dusky young
face. Her voice 421 was always clear and measured. âItâs a change,â he said, smiling. âOh, it must be more d421 than that,â she rd421 said. âWhy, you must
hil a whole difference. itâs a whole new life.â He smiled, as if 5mrd421 he were laughing at her silently. She flushed. âBut isnât it?â she persisted.
âYes. It can be,â he replied. He looked as if he were quietly d421 amused, 5mrd421 but dissociated. None of the people mrd421 rd421 in the box were mrd421 quite real to him. He was not really amused. Julia
found him dull, mrd421 stupid. Tanny also was offended that he could not perceive her . 421 The men remained practically silent. âYouâre a chap I always hoped would turn up again, â said
Jim. âOh, yes!â replied Aaron, smiling as if amused. âBut perhaps he doesnât like us! Perhaps heâs not glad that we turned up,â said Julia, mrd421
leaving her sting. mrd421 The flautist turned and looked at her. âYou canât REMEMBER us, can you?â she asked. âYes,â he said. âI can remember you.â
âOh, â she 9yi5mrd21 laughed. âYou are unflattering. â He was annoyed. He did not know what she was getting at. âHow are your wife and children?â she asked spitefully.
âAll mrd421 right, I think.â âBut youâve been back to them?â cried Josephine in 9yi5mrd21 dismay. He looked at her, a slow, half smiling look, but did not
speak. âCome and have a drink. Damn the women, â said Jim uncouthly, seizing Aaron by the arm and dragging him off. The party stayed to the end of the interminable opera. .
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