up a "boy's book" together. But he likewise expressed his sense

that there was something in the air, that the Moreens couldn't keep

it up much longer. In point of fact, as Pemberton was to see, they

kept it up for five or six months. All the while, however,

Morgan's contention was designed to cheer him. Mr. Moreen and

Ulick, whom he had met the day after his return, accepted that

return like perfect men of the world. If Paula and Amy treated it

even with less formality an allowance was to be made for them,

inasmuch as Mr. Granger hadn't come to the opera after all. He had

only placed his box at their service, with a bouquet for each of

the party; there was even one apiece, embittering the thought of

his profusion, for Mr. Moreen and Ulick. "They're all like that,"

was Morgan's comment; "at the very last, just when we think we've

landed them they're back in the deep sea!"

Morgan's comments in these days were more and more free; they even

included a large recognition of the extraordinary tenderness with

which he had been treated while Pemberton was away. Oh yes, they

couldn't do enough to be nice to him, to show him they had him on

their mind and make up for his loss. That was just what made the

whole thing so sad and caused him to rejoice after all in

Pemberton's return - he had to keep thinking of their affection

less, had less sense of obligation. Pemberton laughed out at this

last reason, and Morgan blushed and said: "Well, dash it, you know

what I mean." Pemberton knew perfectly what he meant; but there

were a good many things that - dash it too! - it didn't make any

clearer. This episode of his second sojourn in Paris stretched

itself out wearily, with their resumed readings and wanderings and

maunderings, their potterings on the quays, their hauntings of the

museums, their occasional lingerings in the Palais Royal when the

first sharp weather came on and there was a comfort in warm

emanations, before Chevet's wonderful succulent window. Morgan

wanted to hear all about the opulent youth - he took an immense

interest in him. Some of the details of his opulence - Pemberton

could spare him none of them - evidently fed the boy's appreciation

of all his friend had given up to come back to him; but in addition

to the greater reciprocity established by that heroism he had

always his little brooding theory, in which there was a frivolous

gaiety too, that their long probation was drawing to a close.

Morgan's conviction that the Moreens couldn't go on much longer

kept pace with the unexpended impetus with which, from month to

month, they did go on. Three weeks after Pemberton had rejoined

them they went on to another hotel, a dingier one than the first;

but Morgan rejoiced that his tutor had at least still not

sacrificed the advantage of a room outside. He clung to the

romantic utility of this when the day, or rather the night, should

arrive for their escape.

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