168 MOLLY BAWN.
' Ah, that I could beheve myself necessary to you at
any time!' Philip is beginning, with fluent sentimentaUty,
when, catching sight of Tedcastle, he stops abruptly. ' Here
is Luttrell,' he says, in an injured tone; and, seeing no
further prospect of a tete-a-tete, takes his departure.
Molly is stUl petting her wounded member when
Luttrell reaches her side.
' What is the matter with you ?' he asks, with odious
want of sjTupathy. ' Have you been crying ?'
' No,' replies Molly, indignant at his tone—so unlike
Shadwell's. ' Why should you think so ?'
' Why" ? Because your eyes are red; and certainly as I
came up bhadweU was doing his utmost to console you.'
' Anything the matter with you, Teddy ?' asks Miss
Massereene with suspicious sweetness, ' You seem put
' Yes '—sternly—' and with cause. I do not relish coming
upon vou suddenly and finding you in ShadweU's arms,'
' Where ?'
' WeU, if not exactly in his arms, very nearly there,'
says Tedcastle vehemently,
' You are forgetting yourself Coldly. ' If you are
jealous of Philip say so, but do not disgrace yourself by
using coarse language. There was a bit of bark in my eye.
I suppose you think it would have been better for me to
endure torments than aUow Philip—who was very kind—to
take it out ? If you do I differ from you.'
' I am not speaking alone of this particular instance in
which you seem to favour Shadwell,' says the young man,
moodily, his eye fixed upon the sward beneath him,
' Every day it grows more palpable. You scarcely care to
hide your sentiments now.'
' You mean '—impatiently—* you would wish me to
speak to no one except you. You don't take into account
how slow this would be for me.' She says this cruelly, ' I
care no more for PhiUp than I do for any other man,'
' Just so. I am the other man, no doubt. I have
never been blind to the fact that you do not care for me.
Why take the trouble of acting a part any longer ?'
' " Acting a part! " Nonsense,' says MoUy. ' I always
think that the most absurd phrase in tiie world. Who does
not act a part ? The thing is to act a good one,'