By Mary Roberts Rinehart
A vintage novel of romantic fiction and political research.
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He had made up a schedule for those evenings when he was off duty, thinking it out very carefully on the train to the city. And the schedule ran something like this: Monday: 8-11. Read History. Wednesday: 8-11. Read Politics and Economics. Friday: 8-9:30. Travel. 9:30-11. French. Sunday: Hear various prominent divines. He had cut down on the travel rather severely, because travel was with him an indulgence rather than a study. The longest journey he had ever taken in his life was to Washington.
He believes that he should serve. My whole contention is that the people don't want to be served. They want to be bossed. They like it; it's all they know. " He smiled and sipped his wine. "Good wine, this," he observed. " Lily's old distrust of her grandfather revived. Why did people sharpen like that with age? Age should be mellow, like old wine. And - what was she going to do with herself? Already the atmosphere of the house began to depress and worry her; she felt a new, almost violent impatience with it.
I don't wonder. I know. " "I don't mean houses," he explained, patiently. " "It's the families I'm talking about. " He was laboriously talking down to her. "But here - " He saw that she was not interested. Something he had said started an unpleasant train of thought in her mind. She was walking faster, and frowning slightly. To cheer her he said: "I am keeping an eye out for the large young man in the sack suit, you know. If he jumps me, just yell for the police, will you? " "I will. " But he saw that the subject was unpleasant.