In Friendship's Guise eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 271 pages of information about In Friendship's Guise.

“It certainly appears to be simple enough,” said Stephen Foster, “but who will find out about—­”

“You must do that,” Nevill interrupted.  “If I went, it might lead to awkward complications in the future.”

“It’s the worst part, and I confess I don’t like it.  But I’ll take a night to think it over, and give you an answer to-morrow.  It’s an ugly undertaking—­”

“But a safe one.  If it comes off all right, I want L500 cash down, on account.”

“It is not certain that it will come off at all,” said Stephen Foster, as he rose.  “Come in to-morrow afternoon.  Oh, I believe I promised you some commission to-day.”

“Yes; sixty pounds.”

The check was written, and Nevill pocketed it with a nod.  He put on his hat, moved to the door, and paused.

“By the by, there’s a new thing on at the Frivolity—­awfully good,” he said.  “Miss Foster might like to see it.  We could make up a little party of three—­”

“Thank you, but my daughter doesn’t care for theatres.  And, as you know, I spend my evenings at home.”

“I don’t blame you,” Nevill replied, indifferently.  “It’s a snug and jolly crib you have down there by the river.  And the fresh air does a fellow a lot of good.  I feel like a new man when I come back to town after dining with you.  One gets tired of clubs and restaurants.”

“Come out when you like,” said Stephen Foster, in a voice that lacked warmth and sincerity.

“That’s kind of you,” Nevill replied.  “Good-night!”

A minute later he was walking thoughtfully down Wardour street.


A visitor from Paris.

It was seven o’clock in the evening, ten days after Jack’s second encounter with Madge Foster, and a blaze of light shone from the big studio that overlooked Ravenscourt Park.  The lord and master of it was writing business letters, a task in which he was assisted by frequent cigarettes.  A tray containing whisky, brandy and siphons stood on a Moorish inlaid smoking stand, and suggested correctly that a visitor was expected.  At noon Jack had received a letter from Victor Nevill, of whom he had seen nothing since their meeting at Strand-on-the-Green, to say that he was coming out at eight o’clock that night to have a chat over old times.  Alphonse, being no longer required, had gone to his lodgings near by.

“It will be a bit awkward if Nevill wants his dinner,” Jack said to himself, in an interval of his letter writing.  “I’ll keep him here a couple of hours, and then take him to dine in town.  He’s a good fellow, and will understand.  He’ll find things rather different from the Paris days.”

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