Alexey Alexandrovitch sat down, and with a despondent and suffering face watched the nurse walking to and fro.
When the child at last was still, and had been put in a deep bed, and the nurse, after smoothing the little pillow, had left her, Alexey Alexandrovitch got up, and walking awkwardly on tiptoe, approached the baby.
He would go into the nursery several times a day, and sit there for a long while, so that the nurses, who were at first afraid of him, got quite used to his presence.
Presently he turned and looked at the nurse again and strangely enough he was not like a Rajah at all as he spoke to her.
The nurse was neither clever nor soft-hearted but she could repeat some of the London doctor's words.
At last the nurse made up her mind to go to the King, and told him the whole story, and asked him to be present in person next day about the time when the woman usually came.
The nurse was married to a nobleman, and the King and Queen gave her splendid presents.
The nurse received the smart reproof administered to her with every appearance of feeling rather amused by it than not.
So the nurse, following Henry's mercenary example, had her pecuniary interest, too, in the house in which Lord Montbarry had died.
The nurse led the way--tall, lithe, graceful--attired in her uniform dress of neat black stuff, with plain linen collar and cuffs, and with the scarlet cross of the Geneva Convention embroidered on her left shoulder.
The shadowy figure of the nurse suddenly changed its position on the chest.
closed the door and came forward hurriedly.
But on Miss Halcombe's declaring that she only wanted to put some questions which she was too much agitated to ask at that moment, and that she had no intention of misleading the nurse into any dereliction of duty, the woman took the money, and proposed three o'clock on the next day as the time for the interview.
By the time Miss Halcombe had got back to London, she had determined to effect Lady Glyde's escape privately, by means of the nurse.
Princess Mary shuddered; her nurse
, putting down the stocking she was knitting, went to the window and leaning out tried to catch the open casement.