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Col. G. I hope you feel better, sir ?
Ger. No, thank you; I want nothing.--Why do you stay ?
Col. G. Can't you think of something I can do for you, sir?
Ger. Fetch that red cloth.
Ger. No, no—the clay there. Thank you. (A knock at the door.) See who that is.
Col. G. Are you at home, sir ?
Ger. That depends. Not to Mr. Waterfield. Oh, my head! my head! [Exit Col. G.
Enter CONSTANCE. GER. starts, but keeps his
head leaning on his hand. Con. I forgot to say to you, Arthur, But you are ill! What is the matter, dear Arthur ?
Ger. (without looking up) Nothing-only a headache.
Con. Do come home with me, and let aunt and me nurse you. Don't be vexed with me any more. I will do whatever you like. I couldn't go home without seeing you again. And now I find you ill!
Ger. Not a bit. I am only dreadfully busy. I must go out of town. I am so busy! I can't stay in it a moment longer. I have so many things to do.
Con. Mayn't I come and see you while you work? I never used to interrupt you. I want so to sit once more in my old place. (Draws a stool towards him.)
Ger. No, no-not-not there! Constance. used to sit there. William ! Con. You frighten me, Arthur!
Enter Col. G. Ger. Bring a chair, William. Constance sits down like a chidden child.
Exit Col. G.
Con. I must have offended you more than I thought, Arthur! What can I say? It is so stupid to be always saying I am sorry. Ger. No, no. But some one may
call. Con. You mean more than that. Will you not let me understand ?
Ger. Your friend Mr. Waterfield called a few minutes ago.
He will be here again presently, I dare say.
Con. (indifferently). Indeed !
Ger. I suppose you appointed-expectedto meet him here. Con. Arthur! Do
think I would come to you to meet him? I saw him this morning; I don't want to see him again. I wish
you knew him. Ger. Why should you want me to know him ?
Con. Because you would do him good.
talks well-in bits-arms and feet and faces -never anything like-(turning to the Psyche) Why have you
? Has she been naughty too ?
Ger. Is it only naughty things that must be put out of sight, Constance ?
Con. Dear Arthur! you spoke like your own self then.
Ger. (rising hurriedly). Excuse me. I must go. It is very rude, but-William!
Enter Col. G.
Col. G. Yes, sir.
Exit. Con. You do frighten me, Arthur! I am sure you are ill.
Ger. Not at all.. I have an engagement.
Con. I will not think anything you would not have me think.
Re-enter Col. G.
Ger. Thank you. Then show Miss Lacordère out. Stay. I will open the door for her myself.
Exeunt GER. and Con. Col. G. He speaks like one in despair, forcing every word! If he should die! Oh, my God!
Re-enter GER. Walks up and down the room.
Col. G. Ain't you going, sir ?
Col. G. Then hadn't you better lie down, sir ?
Ger. Lie down! What do you mean? I'm not in the way of lying down except to sleep.
Col. G. And let me go for the doctor, sir ?
Ger. The doctor! Ha! ha ha!-You are a soldier, you say?
Col. G. Yes, sir.