'That little affair of your father-in-law and your Aunt Irene, Val--it's old as the hills, of course, Fleur need know nothing about it--makng a fuss. Your Uncle Soames is very particular about that. So you'll be careful.'
'Yes! But it's dashed awkward--Holly's young half-brother is coming to live with us while he learns farming. He's there already.'
'Oh!' said Winifred. 'That is a gaff! What is he like?'
'Only saw him once--at Robin Hill, when we were home in 1909; he was naked and painted blue and yellow in stripes--a jolly little chap.'
Winifred thought that 'rather nice,' and added comfortably: 'Well, Holly's sensible; she'll know how to deal with it. I shan't tell your uncle. It'll only bother him. It's a great comfort to have you back, my dear boy, now that I'm getting on.'
'Getting on! Why! you're as young as ever. That chap Profond, Mother, is he all right?'
'Prosper Profond! Oh! the most amusing man I know.'
Val grunted, and recounted the story of the Mayfly filly.
'That's so like him,' murmured Winifred. 'He does all sorts of things.'
'Well,' said Val shrewdly, 'our family haven't been too lucky with that kind of cattle; they're too light-hearted for us.'
It was true, and Winifred's blue study lasted a full minute before she answered:
'Oh! well! He's a foreigner, Val; one must make allowances.'
'All right, I'll use his filly and make it up to him, somehow.'
And soon after he gave her his blessing, received a kiss, and left her for his bookmaker's, the Iseeum Club, and Victoria station.
MRS VAL DARTIE, after twenty years of South Africa, had fallen deeply in love, fortunately with something of her own, for the object of her passion was the prospect in front of her windows, the cool clear light on the green Downs. It was England
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Publication information: Book title: The Forsyte Saga. Contributors: John Galsworthy - Author, Geoffrey Harvey - Editor. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1995. Page number: 663.