Rhoda sat beside the window, and was sewing very gently and noiselessly, but seemingly intent upon her work, and unconscious that the eyes of Mr. Diamond—who was seated close to Minnie’s chair—were fixed upon her, and that in some vague way he was attributing to her the perfume of the flowers, and the melancholy-sweet note of the bird, and the melted rubies of the western sky.
“What a sunset!” said Miss Chubb, breaking the silence. But she spoke almost in a whisper, and her voice did not startle any ear. Mr. Warlock, habituated to suppress his feelings and adapt his words to those of his company, answered, after a little pause, “Lovely indeed! It is an evening to awaken the sensibilities of a feeling heart.”
“It makes me think of Manchester Square. We had some hyacinths in pots, too, I 长沙桑拿场子推荐 remember, when I was staying with the Bishop of Plumbunn.”
Miss Chubb’s odd 长沙桑拿都有什么服务 association of ideas was merely due to the fact that her thoughts were flying back to the rose-garden of youth.
“Do you not like to hear the cuckoo, Miss Bodkin?” said Diamond, softly, speaking almost in her ear. She started, and turned her head towards him.
“Yes; no. I like it, although it makes me sad. I like it because it makes me sad perhaps.”
“All sights, and sounds, and scents seem to me to be combined this evening into something sweeter than words can say.”
“It is a fine evening, and the cuckoo is calling from Pudcombe Woods, and my hyacinths are of a very good sort. It seems to me that words can manage to say that much with distinctness!”
“What a pity,” thought Diamond, “that head overshadows heart in this attractive woman! She is too keen, too 长沙桑拿会所推荐cool, too critical. A woman without softness and sentiment is an unpleasant 长沙桑拿休闲论坛 phenomenon. And I think she has grown harder in her manner than she used to be.” Then the reflection crossed his mind that her health had been more frail and uncertain than usual of late, and that she bore much physical suffering with high courage; and the little prick of resentment he had begun to feel was at once mollified. He answered aloud, with a slow smile, “Why, yes, words
may manage to say all that. I wonder if I may ask you a question? It is one I have long wished to ask.”
“You may, certainly.”
“There are questions that should not be asked.”
“I will trust you not to ask any such.”
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“Ah, yes; you are always good, and kind, and—and—but you—I will make a clean breast of it, and pay you the compliment of telling you the truth. I have thought latterly that you were hardly so cordial, so frank in your kindness to me as you once were. It would matter nothing to me in another person, but in you, a little shade
of manner matters a great deal. I don’t believe there is another human being to whom I would say so much. For I am—as perhaps you know—a man little given to thrust myself where I am not welcome.”
“You are about the proudest and most distant person I ever knew, and require to be very obviously implored before you condescend to easy friendship with anyone.”
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