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She flashed up angrily. "Did you
seriously believe, then, that I would
be willing to sell myself?" she cried.
"Why, never never, sir. I have al
ways resolved that. If I do play a
parasite's part atjeast my heart is
clean. When I marry? if any man of
my own nation is willing to take me,
soiled as I am, he shall. But this "
Her anger was so genuine that the
man did not know how to reply.
"But I will ask you one question,"
she continued. "A woman's curiosity,
you know. Why did you select me
out of all the girls upon the list that
the man Smith gave you?"
"Why?" he repeated stupidly.
"Yes. Rich as we are, I know sev
eral families that are richer and have
"Why, because I fell in love with
you," he retorted.
"What!" she cried incredulously.
"After telling me that?"
"But I have never said I did not
love you. In fact I have loved you
since I first saw you."
"Is this part of the game ,too?" she
demanded; but he saw that her lips
And suddenly some interior emo
tion surged up in him and banished
the last touch of cynicism. He fell
upon his knees before her and clasped
"Miss Vining, Elsie, I love you with
all my heart," he cried. "Can you
do you think that if I prove my love
I can win you?"
She had broken down under the
passion of her heart. The anger
which had held her evaporated, leav
ing only a very miserable and very
He rose to his feet "I am going
back to France," he said. "I cannot
expect you to believe in me. And yet,
it was my love for you that prompted
me to say what I have said. I could
not win you with a lie. So I told you,
as you asked me. But before I go,
will you tell me that there may be a
hope for me at some distant time?
Let the money go, the title go; just
look upon me as one who loves you
and desires you."
Elsie Vining lifted her tear-stained
face to his.
"I don't think there is any need
for. you to go back to France," she
Ten minutes later Bobby Brooks
nudged Charley Twiss.
"Here comes the bridal pair bri
dle pair, perhaps would be a better
term," he said. "My! Don't they look
pleased with themselves!"
"They ought to, seeing what each
has gotten out of it," answered Char
lie. "Say, I shouldn't be surprised if
there was a romance in it after all,"
suggested his friend.
"Well, if money and a title aren't
romantic, what is?" replied the other.
"But still, you never can tell."
"Jones takes his wife on a trip
west to her mother tomorrow."
"Ah ! And why is that? "
"He received a telegram that her
mother has started east to visit