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you were old enough I could bring
you two together and "
"Well, you see, it is too late now."
"I am not at all sure of that. You
are only 18. This is your first love
affair. You may care even more for
this young man. Besides, " in the
event of your marrying him, you
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"That, of course, would be very
nice," remarked Rennie, with an ef
fort to be calm and sensible. "I an
not so foolish as- to be entirely indif
ferent to money. I have often won
dered what would become of me but
for your kindness and your money,
but, you see, the main fact fa that I
love Jay. I don't think I could ever
love any one else the same way, and
marrying any man not feeling that
way seems to me rather unthinka
ble." Mr. Bettling regarded her thought
fully. It was becoming plain to him
that no amount of argument was go
ing to change this young person's
"Theoretically, you are undoubted
ly right," he said. "That idea has
been a, beautiful, unpractical theory
of mine all my life. It may account
for my never marrying. I have
never met the woman I was sure
thought the same way. Somehow
I had come to believe that no one
thought it could be worked out prac
tically; that perhaps I was a little
' flighty; that if the truth were known
I might even be considered insane on
the subject It is for your own good,
dear child, I am warning you not to
get so far afield, out of the safe,
beaten track of all humanity."
Rennie went away from the inter-
) view dazed. She couldn't settle it
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disappointed, displeased, sordidly
practical or whimsically ironical She
anxiously awaited his interview with
Jay. Not that she doubted his un
dying devotion; but still, who knows
what effect bis arguments might
t have on the young man? They had
left her almost uncertain as to there
being anything very real in the world.
If Jay's love failed her, then, of
course, there wasn't anything real.
That;evening Mr. Bettling invited
his secretary into the library for a
private conference. He began in
much the same way he had with the
"I had intended to speak to you,
Mr. Bettling," said the young man.
"In fact, I meant to ask you this
evening, but it seems Rennie got
ahead of me."
5r. Bettling then proceeded to lay
the case before Jay Felby very much
as he had with , Rennie, narrowly
watching the effect on his listener.
He did nof seem to note any signs of
surprise or disappointment in the
young man. He sat erect, with a
steady gaze fixed on the talker. When
finally he had a chance to speak he
said: "I don't know that I thought
more than once or twice about any
expectations Miss Maynall might
have from you. If I did, she soon
caused me to forget any considera
tion but herself. Whether or not she
has, or has not, a penny does not in
the least alter my feeling for her."
"But you can't think of marrying
on your income." r
"Not perhaps at once. But I shall
soon be ready to start in with my law
business. I shall 'dislike leaving your
employ. I hope you do not think me
ungrateful. Believe me I I have had
at your hands more than well, al
most the consideration of a father.
I do not find it easy to express my
self, but "
"Don't try," said the other. "I am
glad you understand; but now as to
my heir "
"Yes," said Felby. "I see you have
built up great hopes in that quarter
and there is where I must seem hor
ribly ungrateful. If Rennie is willing
to be poor along with me I have not
the remotest idea of giving her up
to any heir of a. millionaire on earth."
"That's what you could expectj A