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He had won only to lose, of his own
perver'seness. Her acting thrilled
"Yes," he heard .a bald-headed
cynic at his side say to hjs compan
ion, "she's been in love helplessly.
It takes that to bring out the acting
quality in a wbman. After all, every
woman is a potential actress."
Lester remembered the words
when he met her unexpectedly at
Mrs. Von Tromp's reception. With
out a shade of hesitation Rae put out
"I am pleased to meet you again,
Mr. Ronalds," she said.
She touched him to the heart The
woman seemed made of stone. He
pleaded for an interview. For some
time she refused to grant one.
"I am at home to my friends at 5
on Saturdays," she said finally.
There was nobody but Rae in the
sumptuously furnished apartment
when Lester called. " She was attired
in, a magnificent dress, which left an
indistinct- impression -of gold and
black lace. There was such a smile
on her face as might have been given
any chance acquaintance. '
"This is very charming, Mr. Ron
alds," she said, "but doesut not strike
you as a trifle unwise on your part?"
"Why?" he demanded, feeling an
insane jealousy in his heart for this
woman, calm, unapproachable,
whom he had lost.
"Because you can hardly wish to
-rake up unpleasant memories. As
for me,", she confessed, "the remem
brance of a certain six months Burns
and stings. By the way, I had the
pleasure last week of refusing, the
hand of Charlie Duckett, the first of
your friends to cut me, you may re
member. When I told him-who I was
he turned perfectly yellow."
"Rae," aid Lester, "you have'
never been out of my thoughts these
years past. I want you I want you,
Rae. I want you with all my heart."
She dropped him a mock -curtsy.
"You are very good, Lester," she
said, her face softening a little. "But
really one does not go through this
twice. It was to tell you that that I
permitted you to call. Saturday is
not my at-home day."
"Listen, Lester," she went on, with
ringing scorn. "I left you because I
was dragging you down.. At that time
I was heartbroken. Then I resolved
that I would show you what I could
have become. I did study grammar.
I went abroad and learned singing" in
Rome-X-never mind how. Anything
can be done if one is determined
enough. And I came backto show
you what you had lost. Well, I have
shown you. I have had ny revenge.
And now let me tell youI have no
further wish to lionize it1 among the
shallow, heartless people ofyour set.
Once I gave up my career for you.
Now I have it again. And I hate you
hate you, Lester, and I never want
to see you again."
She spoke like a queen of tragedy.
But something in Lester's heart rose
to match the passion in hers.
"I love you, Ra$, and I'm going to
win you again," he said. "Rae my
And, as the tow kindles to the fire,
suddenly the ice melted in Rae's
heart. He was holding her jn his
arms and looking into her face.
''Rae.-you didn't mean that?'
"Lester, I came back to hear you
tell me what you told me jusVnow."'
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without stirrjlng until a drop put into
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on waxed' paper to dry".
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