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"Yes," they both said, and instinctively drew apart.

"Then," Marie pronounced, "it would be heartless and unnatural for Monsieur to stay. And Madame knows that, too. After all, in these days, what is a trip across

the Channel?"

"She's right, Lina. Think how soon I shall come back!

"But I can't bear it here without you! Really I can't."

"Don't you think, Marie," he inquired, "that she had better go to Paris while I am away?"

¬ęBien sur, Monsieur," said Marie, thinking,^ as she spoke, of that poor Monsieur Heinrich and of his many difficulties.

"You will look after her, Marie?"

"But naturally, Monsieur. Haven't I always looked after her, since first I have known her?"

"My darling, my beloved, I must go!"

"Oh, very well."

She sprang up from the chair, and they stood facing each other, awkward, weeping, trying to smile.

"Will you go to bed early to-night, Lina?"

"I'll try to. I promise I'll try to."

"And you'11 sleep?"

"I expect so. I'm very tired."

"You'11 get a letter very soon, you know."

"I'll live for that."

"Then kiss me."

"You're crying, Guy."

"So are you, Lina. How stupid we are! To distress ourselves in this way just for a fortnight!

"We can't help it, can we? After all, we have never been parted bef ore! My darling, I love you with all my heart and with all my soul!" ^

"Lina! Won't you smile just once before I go?"

"I can't, any more than you can. Wait, only wait, until you come back. I'll smile then, I promise you."