'She?' the nurse repeated in amazement--'she offend me?
'Get so much a year for it, you know.' 'How much shall I get?' the nurse asked.
The voice of the nurse answered her suddenly and bitterly in these strange words:
Grace rose impulsively, and drawing her chair after her, approached the nurse. "Is there some romance in your life?" she asked.
The nurse closed the door and came forward hurriedly.
"There, there, dear--don't, don't!" choked the nurse. "Perhaps he didn't know.
She obtained permission to speak alone with the patient, on condition that they both remained well within the nurse's view.
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.
Anna Arkadyevna still ill..." said the nurse discontentedly.
The nurse, with a gesture of despair, went to it, took it from the wet-nurse's arms, and began walking up and down, rocking it.
With a faint smile of pity, the nurse went back into the room.
I asked him to go on and wait for me at the entrance, for I wanted to say something to the nurse. He did not ask what it was, but went silently.
," she commanded, "come here and show me his back this minute!"
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.
Princess Mary had long since put aside her book: she sat silent, her luminous eyes fixed on her nurse
's wrinkled face (every line of which she knew so well), on the lock of gray hair that escaped from under the kerchief, and the loose skin that hung under her chin.