He preferred to talk to Lucy, whose playing he remembered, rather than to Miss Bartlett, who probably remembered his sermons.
That lady looks so clever," whispered Miss Bartlett to her cousin.
Miss Bartlett was already seated on a tightly stuffed arm-chair, which had the colour and the contours of a tomato.
Am I to conclude," said Miss Bartlett, "that he is a Socialist?
Miss Bartlett sedulously denied disapproving of any one, and added "I am afraid you are finding me a very depressing companion.
Miss Bartlett," he cried, "it's all right about the rooms.
Not till then did Miss Bartlett reply: "My own wishes, dearest Lucy, are unimportant in comparison with yours.
Gentlemen sometimes do not realize--" Her voice faded away, but Miss Bartlett seemed to understand and a conversation developed, in which gentlemen who did not thoroughly realize played a principal part.
I want to explain," said Miss Bartlett, "why it is that I have taken the largest room.
Miss Bartlett only sighed, and enveloped her in a protecting embrace as she wished her good-night.
Miss Bartlett, in her room, fastened the window-shutters and locked the door, and then made a tour of the apartment to see where the cupboards led, and whether there were any oubliettes or secret entrances.