“Miss Blessington—Molly Lessing that was.”
“Honest!” said George sincerely. “I don’t know whether to think you’ve gone bughouse or not. You’ve always been a bit queer and foolish in the bean, but never since I’ve known you—”
“And after dinner,” P. Sybarite pursued evenly, “you’re going to attend a very quiet little wedding party.”
“Whose, for God’s sake?”
“Marian’s and mine; and the only reason why you can’t be best man is that the best man will be my cousin, Peter Kenny.”
“Is that straight?”
“On the level.”
George concluded that there was sanity in P. Sybarite’s eyes.
“Well, I certainly got to slip you the congrats!” he protested. “And say—you goin’ to bounce Whigham and Wimper, too?”
“And whatcha goin’ do then?”
“I? To tell you the truth, I’m considering joining the Union and agitating for an eight-hour Day of Days. This one of mine has been eighteen hours long, more or less—since I got those theatre tickets, you know—and I’m too dog-tired to keep my eyes open another minute. After I’ve had a nap, I’ll tell you all about everything.” ...
But he wasn’t too tired to read his telegram, when he found himself again, and for the last time, in his hall bedroom.
It said simply: “I love you.—Marian.”
From this P. Sybarite looked up to his reflection in the glass. And presently he smiled sheepishly, and blinked.
“Perceval...!” murmured the little man fondly.
By the author of “The Brass Bowl"
By LOUIS JOSEPH VANCE
Author of “The Day of Days,” “The Destroying Angel,” etc.
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