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another talent, and so on; but I was wrong: she has her
favourites, it appears. Surely already you had had more
than your share, without throwing in your perfect voice.'
Molly lowers her eyes but makes no reply; experience
has taught her that this is one of the occasions on which
* silence is golden,'
' You sing yourself, perhaps 1 * she says presently, when
she has tired of waiting for him to start a subject,
' Occasionally, Will you sing this with me ?' taking up
a celebrated duet and placing it before her. ' Do you
know it 1'
' Yes. Mr. Luttrell and I used to sing it often at
Brooklyn, it was a great favourite of ours.'
' Oh, that! Indeed !' laying it aside with suspicious
haste. ' Shall we try something else ?'
' And why something else ?' composedly, ' does that not
suit your voice ? If it does I will sing it with you with
' Really ?' regarding her closely, with what is decidedly
more than admiration in his gaze. ' Are there no re¬
collections hidden in that song ?'
' How can I tell ? I never saw that particular edition
before; open it, and let us see,* returns Molly with a merry
laugh, ' who knows what we may find between the pages.'
' If I might only believe you,' he says earnestly, still
only half convinced; ' do you mean to tell me Luttrell
spent an entire month with you, and left you heart-whole ?
I cannot believe it,'
' Then don't,' still laughing.
At this instant, Luttrell, who has with moody eyes been
watching Philip's eager face from the other end of the room,
saunters up, and seeing the old well-remembered duet lying
open before Molly, suddenly thinks it may be there for him,
and cheering up, says pleasantly :
' Are you going to sing it with me ?'
'Not to-night,' Molly replies kindly; 'Philip has just
asked me to sing it with him. Some other time.'
' Ah!' says Luttrell, more wounded than he cares to
confess; for is not that very song endeared to him by a
thousand memories ? and turning on his heel, he walks away.
With a Kttle impulsive gesture MoUy rises from the
piano stool, and without again looking at Philio moves