By Betty Neels
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She said softly, 'I'm sorry, darling. I did behave badly, didn't I? But, really, I did feel ill, and it was all so noisy. ' She gave him a sidelong glance and saw with disquiet that he wasn't smiling. He was going to be tiresome; she had discovered that he could be. He assumed a remoteness at times which was a bit worrying. She was used to being admired and spoiled and she was uneasily aware that he did neither. Which was her reason for captivating him and--eventually--marrying him She didn't love him, but then she didn't love anyone but herself.
He'll get better? Oh, I am so glad. ' `Yes. ' `Oh, yes,' said Philly airily. ' He perceived that he was talking to someone who travelled seldom, and then probably not by train. He discarded his intention of a few hours of quiet at his home before going back to the hospital; he could be there and back in five hours at the outside. He said, 'I'll drive you back to Nether. ' `But it's miles away! Thank you all the same,' she added quickly. `Not in the Bentley,' he observed gently. 'I can be back to take another look at Baby Twist later on this evening.
Beyond a narrow winding street bordered by other cottages stood his own: redbrick and thatch, with an outsize-door and small-paned windows. It stood sideways onto the road, with a fair-sized garden, and beyond it were fields and, beyond them, the wooded hill. He drove round the side of the cottage to a barn at the end of the track, its doors open ready to receive him, and parked the car and went into the cottage through the open kitchen door. The kitchen was small, with a tiled floor, a small bright red Aga and shelves along its walls.