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Among the week-end guests Lady Lucy Angkatell had invited -o The Kollow were attractive Dr. John Christow and his dull, plain looking wife, Gerda. The others, aj] members of the Angkatell clan, were: Kindly Henrietta Sav cmake, successful sculptress; young Midge Hardcastle, who sup ported herself by working in one of London’s swank dress shops; David Angkatell, university stu dent, and quiet Edward Angkatell, whose unrequitted love of Henri etta made him unaware that Midge had long adored him. Un known to anyone, Henrietta and John Christow had fallen deply in love. Prior to leaving for Li.cy’s, John sat in his Harley Street office trying to fathom the n,0od of discontent which engulf ed him, while upstairs, Gerda and the children patiently awaited his apea ranee for lunch. His though is went back to an earlier chapter n his life, when he had been mad :r in love with glamorous Veroni c* Cray, motion picture actress. He had broken their engagement when she refused 1o give up her ■irer, and later had married Gerda, whose slavish devotion had •■eft him free to pursue his be.oved profession. In Henrietta he had found the intelligent understand ing which Gerda lacked. Recent ly, when exhausted after a diffi cult session with old Mrs. Crab tr*e. his favorite clinic patient, he hed stopped off at her studio. CHAPTER SEVEN John had wakened to find Henri etta smiling at him and making • ett and he had smiled back at her. "Not at all according to plan,” he said. "Does it matter?” "No. No. You are rathei* a nice •jerson, Henrietta.' His eyes went to the bookcase. “If you’re inter ested in this sort of thing. I’ll get you the proper stuff to read.” “I’m not interested in this sort of thing. I’m interested in you, John.” “You can’t read Scobell.” He took up the offending volume. "The man’s a charlatan.” And she had laughed. He could not understand why his stric tures on Scobell amused her so. But that was v/hat, every now and then, startled him about Hen rietta. The sudden revelation, dis concerting to him, that she was able to laugh at him. Ke wasn’t used to it. Gerda took him in deadly earnest. And Veron ica had never thought about any thing but herself. But Henrietta had a trick of throwing her head back, and looking at him through naif-closed eyes, with a sudden, tender, half - mocking little smile, a« though she were saying: “Let me have a good look at this funny person called John. . . . Let me get a long way away and look at him,” It was, he thought, very much the same as the way she screwed up her eyes to look at her work— or a picture. It was—dam it all— it was detached. He didn’t want Henrietta to be detached. He wanted Henrietta to think only of him, never to let her mind stray aw'ay from him. (“Just what you object to in Gerda, in fact,” said his private imp, bobbing up again.) The truth of it was he was com pletely illogical. He didn’t know what he wanted. (I want to go home. . . . What an absurd, what a ridiculous phrase. It didn’t mean anything.! In an hour or so at any rate he'd be driving out of London— fcrgttting about sick people with their faint, sour, “wrong” smell . . .sniffing wood smoke and pines and soft autumn leaves. . . . The very motion of the car would be soothing — that smooth, effortless increase of speed. But it wouldn t he reflected sud denly, be at all like that because owing to « slightly strained wrist, C-erda would have to drive, and Gerda, heaven help her, had nev er been able to begin to drive a car! Every time she changed gear, he would sit siient, grinding his teeth together, managing not to say anythin because he knew, by bitter experience, that when he did say anythin Gerda became immediately worse. Curious that no one had ever been able to teach Gerda to change gear—not even Henrietta. He’d turned her over to Henrietta, thinking that Henrietta’s enthusiasm might do better than his cwn irritability. For Henrietta loved cars. She spoke of cars with the lyrical in tensity that other people gave to 'pring, or the first snowdrop. “Isn’t he a beauty, John? Doesn’t he just purr along? (For Henrietta’s cars were always mas culine.) He’ll do Bale Hill m third —not straining at all—quite effort less. Listen to the even Way he iteks over.” Until he had burst out suddenly and furiously: "Don’t you think, Henrietta, you could pay some attention to me and forget the darned car for a minute or two!” He was always ashamed of these outbursts. He never knew when they would com* upon him out of a blue sky H was the same thing over her v'ork. He realized that her work ’as good. He admired it—and hated it—at the same time. The most furious quarrel he had '■f d with her had arisen over that. peada had said to him one day: “Henrietta has asked me to sit tor her.” What?” His astonishment had bo;. K he came to think of it, been battering. “YOU?” Tvs, rm going ever to the stu 10 tomorrow.” 'What on earth does she want you for?” *l0> he hadri’t been very polite ab°1Jt it. But luckily Gerda hadn’t ’ealized that fact. She had looked pleased about it. He suspected •Henrietta of one of those insincere undnesses of hers—Gerda, per :laPs had hinted that she would Jae to be modeled. Something ol ‘hat kind. Then, about ten days later, Ger s bad shown him triumphantly a ,!Pail plaster statuette. ” '-'as a prettv thing — techni ,an» skillful like all of Henrietta’s r'0fk. It idealized Gerda — and erPa herself was clearly pleased “boot it. ,"1 really think it’s rather farming, John.” '* that Henrietta's work* It means nothing—nothing at all. 1 don’t see how she came to do a thing like that.” ‘‘It’s different, of course, from her abstract work—but I think it’s good, John, I really do.” He had paid no more—after all, he didn’t want to spoil Gerda’s pleasure. But he tackled Henri etta about it at the first oppor tunity. “What did you want to make that silly thing of Gerda for? It’s unworthy of you. After all, you usually turn out decent stuff.” Henrietta said slowly: “I didn’t think it bad. Gerda semed quite pleased.” “Gerda was delighted. She would be. Gerda doesn’t know ail from a colored photograph.” “It wasn’t bad art, John. It wa; just a portrait statuette—quit* harmless and not at all preten tious.” “You don’t usually waste you. time doing that kind of stuff— ” He broke off, staring at a wood en figure about five feet high. “Hullo, what’s this?” “It’s for the Internationa Group. Pearwood. The Worship er.” She watched him. He stared and then — suddenly, his neck swelled and he turned on her furiously. “So that’s w'hat you wanted Ger da for? How dare you?” “I wondered if you’d see . . .” “Se it? Of course I see it. It's here.” He placed a finger on the broad, heavy neck muscles. Henrietta nodded. “Yes, it’s the neck and should ers I wanted—and that heavy for ward slant—the submission — that bowed look. It’s wonderful!” “Wonderful? Look here, Henri etta, I won’t have it. You’re to leave Gerda alone.” “Gerda won’t know. Nobody will know. You know Gerda would never recognize herself here—no body else -would either. And it isn’t Gerda. It isn’t anybody.” “I recognized it?” “You’re different, John. You — see things.” “It’s the darned chek of it! I won’t have it, Henrietta! I won i have it. Can’t you see that it was an indefensible thing to do?” “Was it?” “Don’t you know it was? Can’t. you feel it was? Where’s your usual sensitiveness?” Henrietta said slowly: “You don’t understand, John. 1 don’t think I could ever make you understand: . . . You don’t know what it is to want something—to look at it day after day—that line of the neck—those muscles—the angle where the head goes for ward — that heaviness around the jaw. I’ve been looking at them, wanting them—every time I saw Gerda. ... In the end I just had tc have them!” “Unscrupulous!” “Yes, I suppose just that. Bu; when you want things in that way you just have to take them.” “You mean you don’t care a darn about anybody else. You don’t care about Gerda—” “Don’t be stupid, -John. That’s why I made the statuette thing. To please Gerda and make her happy. I’m not inhuman!” “Inhuman is exactly what you are.” “Do you think—honestly — that Gerda would ever recognize her self in this?” John looked at it unwillingly. For the first time his anger and resentment became subordinated to his itnerest. A strange subis sive figure, a figure offering up worship to an unseen deity — the face raised—blind, dumb, devoted — terribly strong terrible fanati cal. ... He said: “That’s ralner a terrifying thing that you have made, Henrietta.” Henrietta shivered slightly. She said: “Yes — I thought that.” John said sharply: “What’s she looking at—who is it?—there in front of her?” Henrietta hesitated. She said, and her voice had a queer note in it— “I don’t known Eut I think—she might be looking . at you, John.” (To Be Continued) METHODIST GROUP VISITS COLUMBUS Members Of Youth Caravan To Remain Until Late August Special to the Star TABOR CITY, July 1 — Five young people from various south ern homes arrived in this are.' today to conduct a week of reli gious services among farm and town residents between Tabor City and Loris, S. C. They left a Methodist mission camp Saturday at Lake Juna luska where for 10 days they re ceived training to prepare them for the work. Satuiday, with 450 other young Methodists, they left for assigned territories throughout the country and in Cuba and Mex ico. Coming to this area were Helen Terry, Rock Hill, S. C.; Will Ro-e Smith, Morganton. N. C.; Sallye Stewart, Beckley. W. Va.; Rnuip Woodland, Baton Rouge, La., and Fletcher Thorington, Birmingham, Ala. With Loris as their headquar ters, they will conduct religious conferences every night this week and spend their afternoons visit ing farmers in Columbus and Horry counties. The purpose of the caravan is to stimulate an in terest in youth work in Methodist communities. Classes are divided into age groups, for children, teenagers, and adults. The caravan members instruct the attendants in Christian doctrine and train them to carry a year-round program of youth activities. Members of the caravan receive no remuneration for their work. Expenses are paid by the churches they visit. They will tour this area until late August. Acidity or alkalinity of the cooking water influences the col oring matter of red cabbage, sd you can serve it in various hues. 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