The Touchstone

By Edith Wharton

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He took an abrupt draw back from her; then halted prior to her back. “How a lot longer,” he burst out, “do you believe you could stand it? You’ve been excellent, you’ve been encouraged, yet what’s the use? You can’t wipe out the ignominy of it. It’s depressing for you and it does her no strong! ” She lifted a brilliant face. “That’s the idea I can’t undergo! ” she cried. “What concept? ” “That it does her no good—all you’re feeling, all you’re anguish. Can it's that it makes no distinction? ” He refrained from her demanding look.

A similar commercial would seem each day, for weeks to return, in each newspaper; how may he hinder her seeing it? He couldn't continually be hiding the papers from her. … good, and what if she did see it? it should characterize not anything to her, the possibilities have been that she may by no means even learn the ebook. … As she ceased to be a component of worry in his calculations the gap among them looked as if it would decrease and he took her back, because it have been, into the circle of his conjugal security. … but a second ahead of he had virtually hated her!

She was once smiling a bit over the possibility his final phrases had opened. at the back of her head shivers of solar and color ran around the striped awning. A row of maples and a privet hedge concealed their neighbor’s gables, giving them undivided ownership in their leafy half-acre; and existence, a second ahead of, were like their plot of flooring, close off, hedged in from importunities, impenetrably his and hers. Now it looked as if it would him that each maple-leaf, each privet-bud, was once a constant human gaze, urgent shut upon their privateness.

She doesn’t slink approximately in out-of-the-way streets with males. Why couldn’t you've gotten noticeable him right here? ” She hesitated. “Because he desired to see me on my own. ” “Did he, certainly? and will I ask in the event you gratify all his needs with equivalent alacrity? ” “I don’t understand that he has any others the place i'm involved. ” She paused back after which persevered, in a reduce voice that by some means had an under-note of caution. “He wanted to bid me goodbye. He’s going away. ” Glennard became on her a startled look. “Going away? ” “He’s going to Europe to-morrow.

Certain, that was once it; and his punishment henceforth will be the presence, the unescapable presence, of the girl he had so repeatedly avoided. She may continually be there now. It was once as if he had married her rather than the opposite. It used to be what she had continually wanted—to be with him—and she had won her aspect ultimately. … He sprang up, as if in an impulse of flight. … The surprising circulate lifted his wife’s lids, and he or she requested, within the incurious voice of the girl whose existence is enclosed in a magic circle of prosperity—“Any information?

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