By Anne Dean
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Propriety demanded that she walk directly to the drawing room door – curiosity argued for a detour towards the table … She stopped. The folded note could be clearly seen among the sealed letters. She took one step closer. There was a name written upon the note: Mrs Harman-Foote … Now why, she wondered, was a humble surgeon writing messages to the lady of the house – and delivering them with such evident caution? Chapter Four Her friends were all gathered in the drawing room – an elegant, modern apartment with pink sofas, and a harp beside the pianoforte, a triple mirror above the chimney piece, some very pretty portraits, an abundance of small tables, and windows cut down to the ground – which ought to have opened upon lawns and trees, but which presently showed a view only of mud and toppled trunks.
Perhaps if I were to return to the ruins and look into the gallery again …’ ‘Yes. That is precisely what is needed. ’ ‘Well, I shall try, but …’ ‘It is extremely kind of you Miss Kent. ’ ‘But I cannot promise …’ The protest went unheard. The carriage was announced and everyone was on the move. And, as she watched Lucy cross the hall still flushed with heightened imagination, Dido could not help but think that a cool sensible explanation of events might benefit her as much as Georgie. In fact, the sooner the spectre of the Grey Nun was laid to rest, the better it would be for all concerned.
He stepped forward and bowed with a very uncomfortable look. ’ he cried. ’ She acknowledged that that was indeed her errand and he eyed her keenly. ’ he asked. ‘I have as yet had no opportunity to look about me,’ she said returning his keen gaze with interest. ‘I met young Georgie on the path just now. ’ No, he hastened to assure her, he had seen nothing of the boy. There was a momentary hint of alarm as he spoke, but whether that arose from the consciousness of lying, or the fear of having been overlooked, Dido could not quite determine.
A Woman of Consequence by Anne Dean