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, Would be impossible after what has
"The girl's uncanny calmness
shocked John. However, there was
nothing to do but acquiesce. It was a
year before he saw Mollie again. They
met on Fifth avenue and the recog-
- nition was mutual. Mollie told Jack
that she was living with an old aunt
in an apartment uptown.
"That had been a hard period for
Sotheby. He knew that the shadow
- over his life would deepen rather than
o disappear, as the years went on. And
yet, strangely enough, he began to
realize that he had not truly loved
Evelyn. Their meeting and engage
ment had been rapid and there had
been no communion of taste between
them. It had been infatuation, and
in spite of the tragedy, Jack thought
of Evelyn as an episode in his life
rather than his lost love.
"When he looked at Mollie he was
conscious of a sudden awakening of
interest in the frail girl whose beauty
had developed until she seemed a
replica of Evelyn less dashing, less
vivacious, but the Evelyn whom he
would have loved rather than the one
he had known.
" 'I am coming to see you, Mollie,'
he said. And this time the girl did
"Weeks passed. Their intimacy
deepened. The girl was becoming very
dear to Sotheby. At last the day ar
rived when he felt that the shadow
which hung over them ought to be
" 'Mollie,' he said, taking the girl's
hands in his, 'I want to ask you to
be my wife. I feel that you and I have
something inseparable, something
that makes our lives one. It is Eve
Jyn. and yet I never cared for Evelyn
), as I love you.'
-tto Sotheby's amazement, she burst
.into passionate weeping.
" 'I can never marry you, Jack,' she
'cried. 'You do not know oh, you do
ot know, and I cannot bring myself
! to tell you.'
" "But you love me, Mollie?' he
"He took her in his arms and for
an instant her head lay on his shoul
der. " 'Yes, I love you,' she said. 'But 1
cannot marry you.' She raised her
head and looked him frankly in the
eyes. 'listen, Jack,' she said, 'I have
loved you since I first saw you, and
I have never loved any one else. That
is why I must send you away. It is
because of Evelyn.'
"He could find no answer to make.
He bowed his head and went away.
It was another year before he saw
Mollie again. Then he was at "At
"He was seated in a secluded cor
ner by the Boardwalk when he saw
Mollie coming toward him. At first
he thought, so striking was the re
semblance, that she was Evelyn her
self. Then, as he watched her, he saw
Evelyn in the flesh, at her side, and,
beside Evelyn a man.
"The trio were advancing toward
him and Evelyn and the man were
engaged in animated conversation.
Evelyn had grown stouter and flesh
ier; she was still the dashing beauty
of old times, but the dashingness
could not carry itself so well under
that accumulated load Of flesh. It was
overdone, and the woman was ob
viously too artificial. The hair was
too light, the eyes too dark. Sotheby
started. He could not be mistaken.
It was Evelym
"Sotheby was not superstitious. He
knew that Evelyn was at Mollie's side
and he rose and followed them to
their hotel. He watched them enter,
and all that day he waited until he
was rewarded at last by seeing Mollie
come out alone. She walked, with
her limping gait, along the Boardwalk
until she came to the same place
where Sotheby had sat that morning.
There she sat down and there he ac
"The terror in the girl's eyes almost
unnerved him. She glanced at him
fearfully and saw that he knew all.