By Henry Williamson
Phillip Maddison emerges from the warfare feeling beaten via the powers of destruction. He resumes his previous existence yet feels unsettled and, looking solace, pursues a sequence of adventures with younger ladies. Then he meets Barley, whose freshness and openness appear to provide anything various.
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Feared me, an unknown volume, feared for her daughter’s security, for evidently she should have identified approximately me and Eveline F. , and probably that police-court subject at Greenwich. i used to be now not a fascinating son-in-law. formerly she were frequently type seeming to love me—now she used to be the mum, protecting her principles of what used to be compatible for her younger daughter. unluckily, I went into the home, and foolishly attempted to make issues transparent. She made an assault from the opposite flank, turning no longer her cheek, yet her tongue. “You won't have stated something impolite in this specific party; yet without doubt, because it is so noticeable that you just don’t just like the manners or behaviour of my daughter Kay, you've got your treatment? ” After the others had long past in, Phillip stayed within the backyard, telling himself to stay quiet, and accountable for his emotions now that he had acquired his congé. After awhile the assumption got here that maybe Mrs. Trevelian used to be dissatisfied simply because he had no longer requested Spica’s father’s permission to pay addresses to his daughter. He tapped at the door. “May I see Tabitha for one second, please? ” She got here out, they usually walked to the backyard desk, at the fringe of which she sat, whereas he stood earlier than her. “Yes, Phillip? ” “I love you, Spica. Do you like me? ” “You be aware of I do,” she spoke back softly. “But in my very own manner. ” Making his voice regular he stated, “What does that suggest? ” “I love you, yet now not within the approach you're keen on me, Phillip. ” “Oh, Spica,” he stated, “I love you loads. Why don’t you're keen on me? we expect an identical recommendations. i do know your mom dislikes me, yet I don’t mind—not a lot, besides. Will you marry me? Why, what’s the problem? ” She used to be gazing the backyard wall. “I inspiration I observed a face taking a look over. yet humans frequently stroll down the passage at present of evening. ” “Spica, please solution my query! ” Her eyes, seeming to be greater with discomfort, have been fastened upon his face. “My negative boy,” she acknowledged, as he got here almost about her sitting at the fringe of the desk, “What may you do with a spouse? ” “What could I do with a spouse? ” “Yes. you will wish her to lean on. i need to have an individual on whom to lean. ” “Then we will be able to lean on one another! The problem’s solved! ” as he leaned opposed to her. “Be severe, my pricey. ” “I am critical! ” “And i'm sensible. one in all us needs to wishes be. ” “Then we're a superb partnership! ” Mrs. Trevelian known as out, “Tibby, you want to no longer capture chilly in the market! ” “Spica,” he acknowledged desperately, “do you're keen on me sufficient to marry me—some time sooner or later, while i've got made my identify? ” She wouldn't resolution. Her eyes checked out him progressively, yet there has been distress in them. whilst she didn't communicate, he stated, “Well then, should you don't love me, there's an finish. I shall now not fear you back. ” “You don’t fear me——” very softly, taking his hand. “Answer me, Spica. Be reasonable! ” Her look dropped, her eyes choked with tears. She pressed his hand. He desired to clasp her, to press her breast to his, to put his cheek opposed to hers. “Very good. I’ll let you know back. No, I don’t love you—except in my very own approach. you spot, you may now not love me in a year’s time.