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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofCaptainMacedoine'sDaughter,byWilliamMcFee ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwith almostnorestrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayor re-useitunderthetermsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincluded withthiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.org Title:CaptainMacedoine'sDaughter Author:WilliamMcFee ReleaseDate:April18,2010[EBook#32042] Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKCAPTAINMACEDOINE'SDAUGHTER*** ProducedbyDAlexander,JulietSutherland,MaryMeehan andtheOnlineDistributedProofreadingTeamat http://www.pgdp.net CAPTAINMACEDOINE'S DAUGHTER ByWilliamMcFee Authorof"ALIENS","CASUALSOFTHESEA","LETTERS FROMANOCEANTRAMP,""PORTSAIDMISCELLANY" GardenCityNewYork Doubleday,Page&Company 1920 ALLRIGHTSRESERVED,INCLUDINGTHATOFTRANSLATION INTOFOREIGNLANGUAGES,INCLUDINGTHESCANDINAVIAN "It is an amiable but disastrous illusion on the part of the western nations that they have created a monopoly in freedom and truth and the right conductoflife."—Mr Spenlove TO PAULINE CONTENTS DEDICATORY CHAPTERI CHAPTERII CHAPTERIII CHAPTERIV CHAPTERV CHAPTERVI CHAPTERVII CHAPTERVIII CHAPTERIX DEDICATORY ThereisanhourorsobeforethetraincomespuffingroundthecurveoftheGulf fromCordelio,andyouaregonedownintothegardenforawhilebecausethe mosquitoes become tiresome later, and the great shadows of the cypresses are vanishingasthesunsinksbehindthepurpleislandsbeyondtheheadlands You willstaythereforawhileamongtherosesandjasmine,andthenyouwillcome inandsay:"Thereitis!"Andtogetherwewillslipandstumbleandtrotdown thesteephillsidetothelevel-crossing,andwewillrunalongtothelittlestation, solikeoursinAmerica Andwhenthetrainiscomecreakingandgroaningand squealing to a standstill, I shall climb in, while you will stand for a moment looking Youwillwaveaswestartwiththeusualprodigiousjerk,andthenyou willrunbackandclimbuptothehouseagain,bangingthebigirongatesecurely shut Alljustasbefore Butthistimethereisthisdifference,thatIamnotcomingback Iamorderedto returntoEngland,andIamtosailto-morrowmorning Now,asIhavetoldyou morethanonce,itisverydifficulttoknowjusthowanythingtakesyoubecause you have at your command an alluring immobility, a sort of sudden static receptiveness which is, to an Englishman, a Westerner that is, at once familiar andenigmatic And when onehasinformedyou,distinctlyifungrammatically, in three languages, that one is going away for good, and you assume for a moment that aforementioned immobility, and murmur "C'est la guerre," I ask you,whatisonetothink? Andperhapsyouwillrecallthatyouthenwentonbrushingyourhairprecisely asthoughIhadmadesomebanalremarkabouttheweather Adetachedobserver would say—"This woman has no heart She is too stupid to understand." However,asIamsomethingmorethanadetachedobserver,Iknowthatinspite of that gruff, laconic attitude of yours, that enigmatic immobility, you realize whatthismeanstous,tome,toyou So, while you are down in the garden, and the light is still quite good by this westernwindow,Iamwritingthisforyou AswesayoverinAmerica,"Letme tellyousomething."Ihavewrittenabook,andIamdedicatingittoyou Asyou areaware,Ihavewrittenbooksbefore WhenIexplainedthistoyouyouwere stricken with that sudden silence, that attentive seriousness, if you remember, andregardedmeforalongtimewithoutmakinganyremark Well,anotherone isdoneandIinscribeittoyou OfcourseIknowperfectlywellthatbooksare nothing to you, that you read only the perplexing and defaced human hieroglyphics around you I know that when you receive a copy of this new affair,throughtheBritishPostOfficeintheRueFranque,youwillnotreadit Youwilllayitcarefullyinadrawer,andletitgoatthat Andknowingthis,and withoutfeelingsadaboutit,either,sinceIhavenofancyforbookishwomen,I amanxiousthatyoushouldreadatleastthededication SoIamwritingithere bythewindow,hurriedly,inwordsyouwillunderstand,andIshallleaveiton thetable,andyouwillfinditlater,whenIamgone Listen Thefactis,thisdedication,likethebookwhichfollowsafterit,isnotmerelyan actofhomage ItisasymbolofemancipationfromaninfluenceunderwhichI havelivedfortwothirdsofyourlifetime ImusttellyouthatIhavealwaysbeen troubledbyvisionsofbeingswhomIcalldream-women Iwasasolitarychild Girlsweredisconcertingcreatureswhorevealedtomeonlytheunamiablesides oftheirnatures ButIdiscoveredthatIpossessedthepowerofinventingwomen who,whiletheyonlydimlyresembledtheneighbours,andacquiredafewtraits fromtheillustrationsinbooks,werenonethelessextraordinarilyreal,becoming clearly visualized, living in my thoughts, drawing sustenance from secret sources,andinspiringmewithasuspicion,neverreachingexpression,thatthey werereallyaspectsofmyself—whatIwouldhavebeenif,asIsometimesheard nearrelativesregret,Ihadbeenbornagirl Andlater,whenIwasayouth,and began to go out into the world, all those vague imaginings crystallized into a definiteconception ShewaseverythingIdisliked—atiny,slendercreaturewith pale golden hair and pathetic blue eyes, and in my dreams she was always clingingtome,whichIdetested Iregardedmyselfwithcontemptforremaining preoccupiedwithafancysoalientomytemperament Youmightsupposethat an image inspiring such antagonism would soon fade On the contrary, she assumed a larger and larger dominion over my imagination I fancied myself marriedtoher,andfordaysthespellofsuchadiredestinymademeill Itwas summertime,andIlivedontheupperfloorofmymother'shouseinanoutlying faubourgofLondon,fromthewindowsofwhichonecouldlookacrossawide woodedvalleyordownintothesecludedgardensofthesurroundingvillas And one evening I happened to look down and I saw, between the thickly clothed branches of the lime-trees, the woman of my dreams sitting in a neighbour's garden, nursing a baby, and rocking herself to and fro while she turned her childishfeaturesandpaleblueeyestowardthehousewithanexpectantsmile I sat at my window looking at this woman, some neighbour's recently married daughter no doubt, my thoughts in a flurry of fear, for she was just as I had imagined her I wonder if I can make you understand that I did not want to imagineheratall,thatIwashelplessinthegripofmyforebodings?Forinthe dreamitwasIwhowouldcomeoutofthedrawing-roomdoorontothelawn, who would advance in an alpaca coat, put on after my return from business, a gold watch-chain stretched athwart my stomach, carpet slippers on my soft, untravelledfeet,andwouldbenddowntothatclingingform AsIhavetoldyou,itwasaboutthattimethatIleftthefaubourgsandwentto live in a studio among artists Without knowing it, I took the most certain method of depriving that woman of her power Beyond the shady drives and prim gardens of the faubourg her image began to waver, and she haunted my dreamsnomore AndIwasgladofthisbecauseatthattimeIwasanapprentice toLife,andthereweresomanythingsatwhichIwantedtotrymyhandthatI had not time for what is known, rather vaguely, as love and romance and sentimentandsoforth Iresentedtheintrusionofthesesensuousphantomsupon the solitudes where I was struggling with the elementary rules of art I was consumed with an insatiable ambition to write, to read, to travel, to talk, to achieve distinction And curiously, I had an equally powerful instinct to make myself as much like other young men, in manner and dress and ideas, as possible I was ashamed of my preoccupation with these creatures of my imagination,believingthempeculiartomyself,andIhurriedfromthemasone hurriesfromshabbyrelations ButbeforeIwasawareofitIhadfallenintothe toils of another dream-woman, an experienced, rapacious, and disdainful woman Isawherinstudios,whereshetalkedwithoutnoticingmesaveoutof thecornerofhereye Isawheratpictureexhibitions,whereshestoodregarding the pictures satirically, speaking rapidly and disparagingly from between small whiteteethandholdingextravagantfursaboutherthinform Ihadanotion,too, that she was married, and I waited in a temper of mingled pride, disgust, and fortitudeforhertoappearinthebody Andthenthingsbegantohappentome with bewildering rapidity In the space of a week I fell in love, I lost my employment,andIranawaytosea Now it is of no importance to you what my employment was or how I lost it NeitherareyoudeeplyinterestedinthatseauponwhichIspendmydays,and whichistobearmeawayfromyouto-morrow Youcomeofinlandstock,and thesea-coastofBohemia,acoastoffairylightsandmagiccasements,ismorein your way But I know without asking that you will be eager to hear about the fallinginlove Indeedthisisthepointofthestory The point is that an average young Englishman, as I was then, may quite possiblyliveandprosperanddie,withoutevergettingtoknowanythingabout loveatall!Itoldyouthisonce,andyouobserved"MyGod!Impossible."And youaddedthoughtfully:"TheEnglishwomen—perhapsitistheirfault."Well,it maybetheirfault,orthefaultoftheirclimate,whichwashesthevitalityoutof one,oroftheirreligion,whichdoesnotencourageemotionaladventuretoany notable degree ThepointisthattheaverageyoungEnglishmanismoreeasily fooledaboutlovethanaboutanythingelseintheworld Heacceptsalmostany substituteofferedtohiminanattractivepackage IknowthisbecauseIwasan averageyoungEnglishmanandIwasextensivelyfooledaboutlove Thewhole socialfabricofEnglishlifeisengagedinmanufacturingspuriouscounterfeitsof the genuine article And I fell, as we say in America, for a particularly cheap imitationcalledIdealLove Nowyoumustnotimaginethat,becauseIhad,asIsay,falleninlovewithIdeal Love,Iwasthereforefreefromthedream-womanofwhomIhavespoken Not atall Shehoveredinmythoughtsandcomplicatedmyemotions ButIcanhear you saying: "Never mind the dream-woman Tell me about the real one, your ideal." Well, listen She was small, thin, and of a dusky pallor, and her sharp, clever features were occasionally irradiated with a dry, satirical smile that had the cold, gleaming concentration of the beam of a searchlight She had a large numberofaccomplishments,aphraseweEnglishuseinamostconfusingsense, sinceshehadneveraccomplishedanythingandneverwould Buttheidealpart of her lay in her magnificent conviction that she and her class were the final embodimentofdesirablewomanhood ItwasnotshewhomIloved Indeedshe wasaratherdisagreeablegirlwithamaniaforusingmen'sslangwhichshehad picked up from college-boys It was this ideal of English womanhood which deluded me, and which scared me for many years from examining her credentials Thatiswhatitamountedto ForyearsafterIhaddiscoveredthatshethoughtme beneath her because I was not a college-boy, she continued to impose her personalityuponme WheneverIimaginedforamomentthatImightlovesome otherkindofwoman,Iwouldseethatgirl'sdisparaginggrayeyesregardingme withanattentive,satiricalsmile Andthisobsessionappearedtomybefuddled mentality as a species of sacrifice I imagined that I was remaining true to my Ideal!IfyoudemandwhereIobtainedtheseideas,IcanonlyconfessthatIhad readofsuchsterileallegiancesinbooks,andIhadnotyetabandonedtheillusion that life was to be learned from literature, instead of literature from life And, moreover, although we are accustomed to assume that all young men have a naturalaptitudeforlove,Ithinkmyselfthatitisnotso;thatwehavetoacquire, by long practice and thought, the ability and the temperament to achieve anything beyond tawdry intrigues and banal courtships, spurious imitations which are exhibited and extensively advertised as the real thing And again, whileitmaybe true,asLaRochefoucaulddeclaresinhis"Maxims"—thethin book you have so often found by my chair in the garden—that a woman is in lovewithherfirstlover,andeverafterisinlovewithlove,itseemstomethat withmenthereverseistrue Wespendyearsinfallinginandoutoflovewith love Thewomanisonlyalayfigurewhomweinvestwiththevaguesplendours of our snobbish and inexperienced imagination A great passion demands as muchknowledgeandexperienceandaptitudeasagreatidea Iwouldalmostsay itrequiresasmuchtalentasaworkofart;indeed,thepassion,theidea,andthe work of art are really only three manifestations, three dimensions, of the same emotion And the simple and sufficient reason why this book should be dedicatedtoyouis,thatbutforyouitwouldnothavebeenwritten And very often, I think, women marry men simply to keep them from ever encounteringpassion Englishwomenespecially Theyareafraidofit Theythink itwicked Sotheymarryhim Thoughtheysuspectthathewillbeabletosustain it when he has gotten more experience, they know that they themselves will neverbetheobjectsof it,sotheytrick him withoneofthecleverimitationsI havementioned Everythingisdonetokeepoutthewomanwhocaninspirean authenticpassion Andtheactofdupinghimisinvariablyattributedtowhatis calledthemotheringinstinct,acravingtoprotectayoungmanfromhisnatural destiny,thegreatadventureoflife! However,afteranumberofyearsofsea-faring,duringwhichIwasobsessedby this sterile allegiance, and permitted many interesting possibilities to pass me without investigating them, I was once more in London, in late autumn I call this sort of fidelity sterile because it is static, whereas all genuine emotion is dynamic—a species of growth And I realized that beneath my conventional desiretoseeheragainlayareluctancetodiscovermyfolly Butconventionwas too strong for me, and by a fairly easy series of charitable arrangements I met her Anditwasatapicture-show Iremember ponderinguponthisaccident of wondered,ifoursystemdidn'tgivethelessadmirableandthecunningamongus alongadvantage?Whichtheywerebeginningtotake,Iadded Ifoundmyself endeavouringtotakesoundingsandfindout,sotospeak,howfarwewereoff shore Mind you, it wasn't simply that as far as I could see we were busily producing an inferior social order I was trying to think out what the ultimate consequences would be if we continued to dilute and rectify and sterilize our emotions Iwantedtoseebeyondthatpoint,butIfoundIcouldn't Ihadn'tthe power,andI'mafraidthatnowadaysIlackthecourageaswell "AndthenIlostmyselfawhileinabazaarwhereIsawsundrygentlemenfrom the country hurriedly disposing of short, blunt rifles at a reckless discount for cash,andeventuallyIcameoutintoasteepstreetwhichleddowntothesea,a streetfullofanadvancingswarmofarmedmenandbannersandcarriagesand theshrillblareoftrumpetspulsedbythethuddingofdrums Asquadofmotley individualsinciviliangarbwithredsashesacrosstheirbosomsandriflesintheir handsmarchedaheadofabrassbandandbreastedtheslope Atintervalscame carriagescontainingtheleadersofthisnewrégime Iobservedtheburlyperson inthefezandwearingasilverstar Hesataloneinanopenlandau,hisfrockcoat gathered up so that his muscular haunches could be seen crushing the salmoncoloured upholstery, his massive calves almost bursting out of the cashmere trousers He held himself rigidly upright, his hand at the salute, his big black eyesswivellingfromsidetosideasthecrowdsurgedupandapplauded Hehad beenadriverontherailroad,Ireadlateron,whenhisphoto,withthesilverstar, appearedinourillustratedpapersathomeasoneoftheleadersofthePartyof Liberty and Progress Still an engine-driver, I should say, recalling him as he rode past that morning, not particularly attentive to signals or pressure gauges either, if what we hear be true Broad-based he sat there, leaning slightly forward,thetightbluetuniccreasingacrossthesmallofhisstrong,curvedback, hisshort,thickfeetencasedinelasticsideboots,hislongnailscurvingoverthe endsofhisfingerslikeclaws Anditoccurredtome,asIstoodonthemarble stepsofthatofficebuildingandwatchedhimbeingborneupwardtotheCitadel wherenodoubtherenderedsubstantialaidtothecauseofLibertyandProgress, that it is to the credit of the despots and cut-throats of history that they were perfectly honest in their behaviour They sought dominion and got it They sought gold and got it They sought the blood and the concubines of their enemies and got them And they rarely deemed it worth while to pretend that they were apostles of liberty and progress That is one of our modern improvements I was musing thus as the platoons of ragged revolutionaries shuffled past, when I found myself gazing at M Nikitos, seated with crossed legs in the corner of a shabby one-horse carriage, and raising an unpleasantlooking silk hat He was, I take it, one of the secretaries of the Committee of Liberty and Progress, possibly their future international expert It suddenly occurredtomethatthereisagiganticbrotherhoodintheworld,abrotherhoodof thosewhohaveneverwillinglydoneaday'sworkintheirlivesandneverintend to We have been so mesmerized by the phrase the Idle Rich, that we have completelyforgottenthatsinisterandperilouspestilence,theIdlePoor Looking atM Nikitos,withhishairstandingstraightuponthelowerslopesofhishead likefirtreesonthesidesofamountainandhisopaqueblackeyesstaringwith fanatical intensity at nothing in particular, one was irresistibly reminded of a fungus Theincipientblackbeard,whichwasmakingitsappearanceinpatches onhischinandjaws,lentacertainstrengthtotheimpressionoffungoidgrowth, and encouraged a dreadful sort of notion that he was beyond the normal and lovablepassionsofmen Hewas,youwillremember,apureman Hesatthere, raising that horrible silk hat, exposing, with the mechanical regularity of an automatonhisextraordinaryfrontalconfiguration,theapotheosisofundesirable chastity Andhehadformedaresolution'whichnothingcouldkill.'Idon'tdoubt it Theresolutionsofanindividuallikethatareassubstantialandindestructible as he They persist, in obedience to a melancholy law of human development, fromonegenerationtoanother Theyareasnumerouslybusyjustnow,underthe 'drums and tramplings' of the conflict, as maggots in a cheese They have the elusive and impersonal mobility of a cloud of poisonous gases They restore one'sbeliefinaprincipleofevil,andtheymayscareus,ultimately,backfrom theirwonderfulLibertyandProgress,intoanauthenticfaithinGod "And I also," resumed Mr Spenlove, after a moment's silence, "formed a resolution,torefrainfromanyfurtherparticipationinalienaffairs IfoundthatI lackedcourageforthatenterprise,too Itis,afterall,adangerousthingtotamper withone'sfundamentalprejudices Theyveryoftenturnouttobethestarkand ugly supports of our health and sanity I resigned, not without a faint but undeniabletremorofrelief,thepartofaprincipalintheplay Ihaveharpedto youonthispointofmyrelativeimportanceinthestorybecauseitwasasamere superthatIenteredfromthewingsanditisasasuperinthelastactthatIretire IthinkitwastheletterandpackageM Kinaitskysentdowntotheshipwhich scared me into obscurity That and the news that the four o'clock express for Constantinopleinwhichhehadbeentravellinghadbeenblowntoatomsbythe apostlesofLibertyandProgress Youcansayitcompletedthecure,ifyoulike Toreadthatbriefnoteofcourteousandregretfulreproachwaslikeencountering apolitephantom Afterrecordinghisunalterableconvictionthatonlydeathora woman could have prevented an Englishman of honour from keeping an appointment,hebeggedtotrespasssofaruponmygenerousimpulsesastosend methepackage,fullyaddressedtohisbrotherinLondon Hewouldesteemita favour if I would deliver it in person The sudden alarming turn of events rendered it imperative to despatch these papers by a secure and unsuspected hand Should nothing happen, it would be a simple matter for him to communicatewithhisbrotherwhenthepresenttroubleswereover Otherwise and so on He would not more than allude to the question of recompense, whichwouldbeonascalecommensuratewiththemagnitudeoftheobligation TheCaptain,nodoubt,wouldconsenttokeepthepackageinhissafeduringthe voyage "Well,the Manola had no safe, but Jack had a formidable old cash-box in his room,anditwaswiththeideaofcarryingoutthebehestsofonewhocouldno longerenforcethemthatIcarriedthebigyellowenvelopetoJackandtoldhim howIcamebyit Evenwhenitwascondensedtosuithisbluffmentality,itwas alongstory Iwasastonishedattheabstractionintowhichitthrewhim Onthe roadhereturnedtoitagainandagain Hisimaginationcontinuallyplayedround thehistoryof'thatgel'ashecalledher Hecouldnotgetusedtothestartlingfact thatallthishadbeengoingon'underhisverynose,byJingo!'andhehadn'thad theslightestsuspicion 'Forgottenallabouther,verynearly AndbytheLord,I thoughtyouhad,too,Fred.' "And I should like," said Mr Spenlove, "to have heard him tell Mrs Evans Perhaps, though, it would not have proved so very sensational after all It is exceedinglydifficulttoshockawomanwhohasbeenmarriedforanumberof years Theyseemtoundergoaprocesswhich,withoutaffordingthemanydirect glimpseintothebottomlesspit,rendersthemcognizantofthedarkwaysofthe humansoul Perhapsyoudon'tbelievethis PerhapsyouthinkIamonlytrying to joke at the expense of a married woman I never liked Well, try it Take a benignmatronofyourownfamily,whohasenduredtherackingstrainofyears offamilylifeandtellheryourownscandaloushistory,andshewillamazeyou byhersereneacceptanceofyourinfamousproceedings Soperhaps,asIsay,I missednothingverypiquantafterall Ihadtocontentmyselfwiththeeloquent silenceoftherespectablebutsingleTonderbeg,movingaboutinthecabin,his blondheadbentingentlemelancholy,hisfeaturescomposedintoanexpression ofrespectfulforgiveness "'But what was your idea, Fred?' says Jack to me on the road home He wore habitually a mystified air when we were alone together in his cabin Jack had become settled in life His movements had grown more deliberate, and his cholericenergyhadmellowedintoanassureddemeanourofauthority Youcould imaginehimthefatherofayounglady Hesatbackinhisbigchair,motionless save for the cigar turning between thumb and finger, a typical ship-master He wasrecognizedbythelawascompetenttoperformthefunctionsofamagistrate onthehighseas Henolongerplungedlikeanangrybullintorowswithagents He had arrived at that period of life when all the half-forgotten experiences of our youth, the foolish experiments, the humiliating reverses, come back to our chastenedmindsandassistustoimposeourpersonalitiesuponaworldignorant ofourformerimperfections Andhesatthereturninghiscigarbetweenthumb andfinger,hisbrightandblood-shotbrowneyesfixedinasortofaffectionate glareuponme,hisoldchum,whohadsuddenlylefthimspirituallyinthelurch, so to speak 'What was your idea, Fred? Do you mean to say you hadn't made anyplansforthefutureatall?Justgoingtoletthethingslide?'Andthecurious thing about his state of mind was that he was attracted by the idea without understanding it As he sat watching me, mumbling about the future, and the takingofrisksandwhatpeopleathomewouldsay,itwasobviousthathewas beginning to see the possibilities of such an adventure He had a vague and nebulous glimpse of something that was neither furtive sensuality nor smug respectability 'Like something in one of these here novels,' as he put it with unconsciouspathos Andthat,Isuppose, was asnearashe ever attainedto an understanding of the romantic temperament It was fine of him, for he got it throughaveryrealfriendship 'Iknowyouwouldn'tdoanythinginthecommon way,Fred,'heobservedafteralongcontemplationofhiscigar "'Andwouldyouhavestoodforit,Jack?'Iaskedhim,'seeingthatMrs Evans would hardly have approved, I mean.' He roused up and worked his shoulders suddenlyinacuriousway,asthoughshiftingaburden "'Oh,astothat!'hebrokeout,andthenafterapauseheadded,'Youcan'talways gobythat I'dstandforawholelotfromyou,Fred.' "Andwiththat,totheregretofMr Tonderbegwhowashoveringaboutoutside inthemaincabin,ourconversationended "WebunkeredinAlgiersandthenewspapersgaveusthenewsofthewar Awar soinsignificantthatmostofyouyoungfellowshaveforgottenallaboutit And thecaptainofashipintheharbour,hearingwewerefromSaloniki,cameover and informed us that he himself had been bound for that port, with a cargo of stores, but had received word to stop and wait for further orders He was very indignant,forhehadexpectedsomeprettyhandsomepickings Thepointofhis storywasthatthestuffwasforMacedoine&Co whowouldbeabletoclaima stiffsumincompensationfornon-delivery Ibelievethecaseranonforyearsin thecourts,andthelawyersdidverywelloutofit "And when we reached Glasgow, I took the train to London to deliver the packageM Kinaitskyhadentrustedtome Iwascurioustolearnsomethingof thatgentleman'saffiliationsinEngland,todiscover,ifyoulike,howhisrather disconcerting mentality comported itself in a Western environment The envelope was addressed to Rosemary Lodge, Hampstead, and I left Mason's Hotel in the Strand, on a beautiful day in late autumn, and took the Hamstead bus in Trafalgar Square It was very impressive, that ascent of the Northern HeightsofLondon,draggingthroughthesubmergedsqualorofCamdenTown, up through the dingy penury of Haverstock Hill, to the clear and cultured prosperity of the smuggest suburb on earth I happened to know Hampstead sinceIhadoncemetanartistwholivedthere,thoughhisstudiowasinChelsea Imaytellyouabouthimsomeday AndwhenIhadwalkeduptheParliament Hill Road and started across the Heath to find Rosemary Lodge, I had a fairly clear notion of what I should find For of course it was only a lodge in the peculiar modern English sense It is part of the harmless hypocrisy of this modern use of language, that one should live in tiny flats in London and call them 'mansions' while a large house standing in its own grounds is styled a lodge M Nicholas Kinaitsky evidently kept up an extensive establishment There seemed a round dozen of servants Two men and a boy were out in the groundspreparingtherosesforthewinter Abluespiralofsmokewasblowing away from the chimney of the hothouse against the north wall And the house itself was one of those spacious and perfectly decorous affairs which have becomeidentifiedwiththatextraordinarycolonyofwealthyalienswhomakea specialty of being more English than the English There was a tennis-court on one side of the house and a young man with a dark, clean-shaven face stood talkingtoagirl,hishandsinhispockets,hisshouldershunchedinwhatonemay call the public-school manner, the coat of arms of an ancient Oxford college glowing on the breast of his blue blazer And indoors the same influence obtained Thepicturesandbooksandfurniturepresentedafrontofimpregnable insularity Eventhe piano was English Onlya photographin a frame ofsilver gilt,onasidetable,gaveahint—theportraitofaladywithhairdressedinthe style of German princesses of Queen Victoria's day, the sinuous curve of her high,tightbodiceaccentedbythegreatbustle Inotedallthis,andsatlooking outofthewindow,whichgaveupontheautumnsplendouroftheHeath There wasapondcloseby,andanoldgentlemaninwhitespatswasstoopingdownto launchalargemodelyachtonthewater Afairlywell-to-dooldgentleman,by thegoldcoinsonhiswatch-chainandtheringswhichsparkledonhishands I wonderedifhewerearelativeoftheKinaitskysorwhetherheonlyknewthem Theyachtstartedoffunderapressofcanvas,andtheoldgentlemansetoffata trotroundtheedge,tomeetit Idoubtifyoucouldhaveseenasightlikethat anywhereelseintheworld Hewasperfectlyunconsciousofdoinganythingat alloutofthecommon AndIdaresayitisessentialtotheroundedcompleteness ofEnglishlifethatfunnyandwealthyoldgentlemenshouldsailtoyyachtson ponds,whileculturedaliensamassfortunesontheStockExchangeandsomeof usplowtheoceanallourlives "And then I was disturbed in my musings by a young lady entering the room, andIrosetoexplainmyself "Isayshewasayounglady,whileyouwillobserveIalludedonlyjustnowtoa girl talking to a young man on the tennis-court There was that difference Withoutgivingoneanyreasonforsupposingshewasmarried,thisoneconveyed a subtle impression of being the mistress of the house She was dark, athletic, simplydressedinblack,andextremelyplain "'Father will be back from the city at half-past four,' she said, when I had explained my errand 'I am so sorry you will have to wait You will stay to dinner,ofcourse.' "I said I did not know if I should stay to dinner as a matter of course, but I thankedher Wedriftedintoconversationandshegaveaverycleverimpression ofbeingathoroughwomanoftheworld Shewasnot,ofcourse Shewasoneof thoseunfortunatebeingswhoaretrainedinalltheartsoflifeandwhobecome adepts in all those accomplishments which men take entirely for granted, and whoarepermittedtogrowupimaginingmenarepaladins Andwhentheymarry theyexperienceashockfromwhichtheyneverrecover Beingmarriedissucha different affair from looking after your father's house When I mentioned my errand, she said her mother and the widowed aunt were at Torquay Her plain featuresweresuffusedwithemotionwhenshementionedthedeathofheruncle She had been his favourite niece He always paid them a brief visit when he cametoLondon Verybrief Hehadagreatmanypeopletoseeintown Only lastyearhehadgivenherasetofpearls AndMadameKinaitskywassoyoung —itwastragic ThepaterhadgoneoverandmetherinParisandshewouldlive withtheminfuture Shestoppedinthemiddleofthisandlookedatme "'Youmether,ofcourse,outthere?'sheasked "'Oh,dearno,'Isaid "Iamonlyaverycasualacquaintance,youunderstand I happenedtobeonthespot,andtheveryfactthatIwasnotaregularfriendgave youruncletheideathathispapers,whatevertheyare,wouldbesaferwithme I was onlytoopleased to be ofservice Yousee,'Iwenton,'youruncleknew a friendofmine,andso "'Afriendofyours?'shequeried "'Yes, a business friend Your uncle helped him and his daughter It was the daughterIknewparticularly.' "'Wasshenice?'shedemanded,eagerly 'Imean,wassheworthyofhishelp?He wassogood Hehelpedeverybody ThereisanorphanageinSalonikiwhichhe supported—oh, most generously And he asked nothing in return Oh!' she exclaimed,'whenIthinkofhislife,alwaysthinkingofothersanddoinggood, andhowatlasthefoundhappinessforhimself,andthenthis 'andshegazed out of the window at the old gentleman, who was in trouble with his yacht, whichhadcapsizedjustbeyondwalking-stickreach 'Itwaslikehimtotrusta stranger,'shemurmured "'He was good enough to make use of me because I was an Englishman,' I replied "'Andthatwaslikehim,too,'shereturned,kindlingagain 'Itwasagreatgriefto him that business prevented him from living with us here in Hampstead He lovedtheEnglishways Heusedtosayinjokethathewouldcertainlymarryan Englishwifeifhecouldinduceanyofthemtomarryhim Butofcoursehemet his fate He wrote hoping we would love her We shall that, of course, but ——' she looked out again at the old gentleman who had found a small boy volunteertopaddleout,bare-legged,tosalvetheyacht "'Butwhat?'Iasked "'Shewillmarryagain,'MissKinaitskyremarkedinalowtone 'Iampositive I donotseehowwecanblameher Shesubmittedtothearrangement Butshedid notlovehim Wefeelit,becausehespokeofherinsuchterms itwasalmost adoration Therewasneveranyotherwomanforhim ' "Asilencefellbetweenusbecause,asyoucaneasilyimagine,Ihadnothingto offercommensuratewiththeextraordinaryexaltationofhermood Itwasplain enoughthattoawomanlikeherlovecouldnotpossiblybewhatIhadconceived it Toheritwasadivineflamethroughwhichshewoulddiscernthetransfigured features of her beloved To her it was a supreme sacrament administered in a sacred chamber whence had been shut out all the evil which impregnates the heart of man And I sat there wondering When I left that sumptuous and smoothlyrunningmansionandwalkedoutacrosstheHeathinthedusktoward theSpaniardsInn,Iwasstillwonderingwhethereachofuscouldberight AndI wonderstill Forifitweretruethatlovewerewhatsheandherkindimagineit to be, then I had never seen it To me it had been nothing so transcendentally easy as that To me it had been an obscure commotion, an enigmatic storm on which the human soul, with its drogue of inherited sorrows, was flung on its beam ends, stove in and dismasted, while beyond, far off, there shone a faint light, the flash of a derisive smile, flashing and then suddenly going out And evennow,inthemistsoftheaccumulatingyears,Iwonderstill." 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