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up to his grandmother's to be fed, and "Alicia!" he 's going to telephone his mother right Oh, I deserved it, Edward, and I told away.'
I did n't care how badly he "That 's bully,” Mr. Winterbottom thought of me if I could only give him pronounced heartily; and for some mo- back his faith in love. It 's such a wonments, as they gained the road, nothing derful thing to get that back! So I sang more was said. Alicia seemed thoughtful. pretty small about myself; and when I Mr. Winterbottom was the first to speak. revealed my exact status as an ex-wife in
“Poor little beggar must have been process of being courted by her divorced hungry," he hazarded.
husband, his eyes nearly dropped out of He had eaten a few bananas, but as his head. You see, they don't play 'Tag! they're not recognized as food here, You're it !' with marriage down here. they only increased his humiliation. You That boy actually began to hand me out know, banana-trees are just grown to a line of missionary talk. He thinks I shade the coffee-plants, which are deli- ought to remarry you, Ned." cate."
"He must have splendid instincts, after Mr. Winterbottom signified a proper all. So of course you did n't kiss him?" interest in that phase of coffee culture, “Wait a minute. After mentioning and Alicia took advantage of a level that I was eleven years older than he, and stretch of road to put her horse to the gal- that my hair had been an elegant mouselop. When he regained her side, half a drab before I started touching it up,” mile farther on, he was agitated.
“Not at all. I liked its color-a very “Alicia, would you mind enlightening pretty shade of —” me on one point?" he asked. “Did you- “After that, I told him that he could give him back his self-respect?"
thank his stars for the education I had "Perhaps I 'd better tell you all that given him, in view of the fact that he's happened, Edward.”
going to be sent to college in the U. S. A., " By Jove! I wish you would !” he and I gave him a few first-rate pointers cried earnestly.
on the college widow breed. And finally, “Well, Popo was n't a bit surprised to Ned, I put it to him that I was anxious see me. In fact, he was expecting me.” to do the square thing, and if he consid
“Indeed? Had n't lost his assurance, ered himself entitled to a few kisses while then."
you were waiting, he could help himself.” "He had simply worked out my proba- “And he?" Mr. Winterbottom inble actions, just as I had worked out his. quired with a pinched look. Of course he looked like a wild thing, “He looked so cute that I could have hair on end, eyes like a panther, regular hugged him. But he nobly declined.” young bandit. Well, I rag-timed up in "That young fellow," said Mr. Winmy best tra-la-la style, but he halted me terbottom, taking off his hat and wiping with a splendid gesture, and started a his brow, "is worthy of being an Amerspeech.' You know what a command of ican." language foreigners have, even the babies. “Why, that was his Indian revenge, He never fumbled for a word, and all his the little monkey! But he was tempted, nouns had verbs waiting, and the climaxes Ned.” just rolled over one another like waves. “Of course he was. If you'd only It was beautiful.”
tempt me! O Alicia, you 're a saint !" “But what was it about?"
“That 's what Popo called me yester“Me, of course: my iniquity, the treach- day, and it was neither more nor less true erous falseness residing as ashes in the than what he called me to-day. I suppose Dead Sea fruit of my beauty, with a lurid we 're all mixtures of one kind and anpicture of the ruin I had made of his be- other. And I 've discovered, Ned, that lief in woman, his capacity for happiness, it 's the healthiest kind of fun to be perand all that. And he wound up with a fectly frank with-with an old pal. Let 's burst of denunciation in which he called try it that way next time, shall we, dear?" me by a name which ought not to be ap- She offered her lips for the second time plied to any lady in any language." that day, and