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The Doves' Nest and Other Stories


For answer I telephoned her at once and asked if I might come and see her that evening. Her voice sounded grave, unlike the voice I remembered, and she seemed to deliberate. There was a long pause before she said, " Yes —perhaps that would be best." page 126 " Then I shall come at half-past six."

" Very well."

And we went into a room full of flowers and very large art photographs of the Harbour by Night, A Misty Day, Moonrise over the Water, and I know I wondered if she admired them.

" Why did you send me that letter ? "

"Oh, but I had to," said Daphne. "I meant every word of it. I only let you come to-night to ... No, I know I shall disappoint you. I'm wiser than you are for all your experience. I shan't be able to live up to it. I'm not the person for you. Really I'm not!"...