“Two days after, at one o’clock precisely, Mr. Tom Sleight walked into the Cafe. He didn’t look cheerful and he didn’t look sad. He had been to the ‘Louvre’; Mary Godselle had left there about a year ago; but he had obtained her address in Paris, and had received a letter from her that very morning. He showed it to Marie. It was short, and not well written. She would meet him in the Tuileries that evening at seven, by the Diana and the Nymph; he would know her by her wearing the onyx brooch he had given her the day before their wedding. She mentioned it was onyx, in case he had forgotten. He only stopped a few minutes, and both he and Marie spoke gravely and in low tones. He left a small case in her hands at parting; he said he hoped she would wear it in remembrance of one in whose thoughts she would always remain enshrined. I can’t tell you what he meant; I only tell you what he said. He also gave me a very handsome walking-stick with a gold handle—what for, I don’t know; I take it he felt like that.
“Marie asked to leave that evening at half-past six. I never saw her looking prettier. She called me into the office before she went. She wanted my advice. She had in one hand a beautiful opal brooch set in diamonds—it was what he had given her that morning—and in her other hand the one of onyx.
“‘Shall I wear them both?’ asked she, ‘or only the one?’ She was half laughing, half crying, already.
“I thought for a bit. ‘I should wear the onyx to-night,’ I said, ’by itself.’”
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