The Celebrity, Volume 03
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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Celebrity, Volume 3, by Winston ChurchillThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it,give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online atwww.gutenberg.netTitle: The Celebrity, Volume 3Author: Winston ChurchillRelease Date: October 19, 2004 [EBook #5385]Language: English*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE CELEBRITY, VOLUME 3 ***Produced by David WidgerTHE CELEBRITYBy Winston ChurchillVOLUME 3.CHAPTER IXThat evening I lighted a cigar and went down to sit on the outermost pile of the Asquith dock to commune with myself. Tosay that I was disappointed in Miss Thorn would be to set a mild value on my feelings. I was angry, even aggressive, overher defence of the Celebrity. I had gone over to Mohair that day with a hope that some good reason was at the bottom ofher tolerance for him, and had come back without any hope. She not only tolerated him, but, wonderful to be said, plainlyliked him. Had she not praised him, and defended him, and become indignant when I spoke my mind about him? And Iwould have taken my oath, two weeks before, that nothing short of hypnotic influence could have changed her. By her ownconfession she had come to Asquith with her eyes opened, and, what was more, seen another girl wrecked on the samereef.Farrar followed me out presently, and I had an impulse to ...

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"Yes, Miss Thorn," I repeated with emphasis. I knew he had in mind that abominable twaddle about the canoe excursions. "Why, to tell the truth," said he, "I never had any opinion of Miss Thorn." "You mean you never formed any, I suppose," I returned with some tartness. "Yes, that is it. How darned precise you are getting, Crocker! One would think you were going to write a rhetoric. What put Miss Thorn into your head?" "I have been coaching beside her this afternoon." "Oh!" said Farrar. "Do you remember the night she came," I asked, "and we sat with her on the Florentine porch, and Charles Wrexell recognized her and came up?" "Yes," he replied with awakened interest "and I meant to ask you about that " , . "Miss Thorn had met him in the East. And I gathered from what she told me that he has followed her out here." "Shouldn't wonder," said Farrar. "Don't much blame him, do you? Is that what troubles you?" he asked, in surprise. "Not precisely," I answered vaguely; "but from what she has said then and since, she made it pretty clear that she hadn't any use for him; saw through him, you know." "Pity her if she didn't. But what did she say?" I repeated the conversations I had had with Miss Thorn, without revealing Mr. Allen's identity with the celebrated author. "That is rather severe," he assented. "He decamped for Mohair, as you know, and since that time she has gone back on every word of it. She is with him morning and evening, and, to crown all, stood up for him through thick and thin to-day, and praised him. What do you think of that?" "What I should have expected in a woman," said he, nonchalantly. "They aren't all alike," I retorted. He shook out his pipe, and getting down from his high seat laid his hand on my knee. "I thought so once, old fellow," he whispered, and went off down the dock. This was the nearest Farrar ever came to a confidence. I have now to chronicle a curious friendship which had its beginning at this time. The friendships of the other sex are quickly made, and sometimes as quickly dissolved. This one interested me more than I care to own. The next morning Judge Short, looking somewhat dejected after the overnight conference he had had with his wife, was innocently and somewhat ostentatiously engaged in tossing quoits with me in front of the inn, when Miss Thorn drove up in a basket cart. She gave me a bow which proved that she bore no ill-will for that which I had said about her hero. Then Miss Trevor appeared, and away they went together. This was the commencement. Soon the acquaintance became an intimacy, and their lives a series of visits to each other. Although this new state of affairs did not seem to decrease the number of Miss Thorn's 'tete-a-tetes' with the Celebrity, it put a stop to the canoe expeditions I had been in the habit of taking with Miss Trevor, which I thought just as well under the circumstances. More than once Miss Thorn partook of the inn fare at our table, and when this happened I would make my escape before the coffee. For such was the nature of my feelings regarding the Celebrity that I could not bring myself into cordial relations with one who professed to admire him. I realize how ridiculous such a sentiment must appear, but it existed nevertheless, and most strongly. I tried hard to throw Miss Thorn out of my thoughts, and very nearly succeeded. I took to spending more and more of my time at the county-seat, where I remained for days at a stretch, inventing business when there was none. And in the meanwhile I lost all respect for myself as a sensible man, and cursed the day the Celebrity came into the state. It seemed strange that this acquaintance of my early days should have come back into my life, transformed, to make it more or less miserable. The county-seat being several miles inland, and lying in the midst of hills, could get intolerably hot in September. At last I was driven out in spite of myself, and I arrived at Asquith cross and dusty. As Simpson was brushing me off, Miss Trevor came up the path looking cool and pretty in a summer gown, and her face expressed sympathy. I have never denied that sympathy was a good thing. "Oh, Mr. Crocker," she cried, "I am so glad you are back again! We have missed you dreadfully. And you look tired, poor man, quite worn out. It is a shame you have to go over to that hot place to work."
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