weeping, and he kissed her on her neck first, and then on her face; and he continued to ask her if she loved the other chap. At last she signified that she did not.
'Then say yes.' She murmured that she couldn't. 'You can, you can, you can.' He kissed her, all the while reiterating, 'You can, you can, you can,' until it became a sort of parrot cry. Several minutes elapsed, and the candle began to splutter in its socket. She said:
'Let me go; let me light the gas.'
As she sought for the matches she caught sight of the clock.
'I didn't know it was so late.'
'Say yes before I go.'
And it was impossible to extort a promise from her. 'I'm too tired,' she said, 'let me go.'
He took her in his arms and kissed her, and said, 'My own little wife.'
As he went up the area steps she remembered that he had used the same words before, and tried to think of Fred, but William's great square shoulders had come between her and this meagre little man. She sighed, and felt once again that her will was overborne by a force which she could not control or understand.
SHE went round the house bolting and locking the doors, seeing that everything was made fast for the night, and it was not till she came to the foot of the stairs that sad thoughts came upon her, and she drew her hand across her eyes, for she was whelmed in a sense of sorrow, which she could not understand, which she had not strength to grapple with, and she was aware that life was proving too strong for her,