that there was something behind everything, that nobody responded. But at this moment Aunt Hester returned.
'Timothy,' she said in a low voice, 'Timothy has bought a map, and he's put in--he's put in three flags.'
Timothy had-----! A sigh went round the company.
If Timothy had indeed put in three flags already, well!--it showed what the nation could do when it was roused. The war was as good as over.
JOLYON FINDS OUT WHERE HE IS
JOLYON stood at the window in Holly's old night nursery, converted into a studio, not because it had a north light, but for its view over the prospect away to the Grand Stand at Epsom. He shifted to the side window which overlooked the stableyard, and whistled down to the dog Balthasar who lay for ever under the clock tower. The old dog looked up and wagged his tail. 'Poor old boy!' thought Jolyon, shifting back to the other window.
He had been restless all this week, since his attempt to prosecute trusteeship, uneasy in his conscience which was ever acute, disturbed in his sense of compassion which was easily excited, and with a queer sensation as if his feeling for beauty had received some definite embodiment. Autumn was getting hold of the old oak-tree, its leaves were browning. Sunshine had been plentiful and hot this summer. As with trees, so with men's lives! 'I ought to live long,' thought Jolyon; 'I'm getting mildewed for want of heat. If I can't work, I shall be off to Paris.' But memory of Paris gave him no pleasure. Besides, how could he go? He must stay and see what Soames was going to do. 'I'm her trustee. I can't leave her unprotected,' he thought. It had been striking him as curious how very clearly he could still see Irene in her little drawing-room which he had only twice entered. Her beauty must have a sort of poignant harmony! No literal portrait would ever do her justice; the essence of her was--ah! yes, what? . . . The noise of hoofs called him back to the other window. Holly was riding into the yard on her longtailed 'palfrey.' She looked up and he waved to her. She had