Jan's job is the care of two thoroughly human children, a nephew and niece, whose mother, Jan's sister, died in India. Jan, her friends who help her with the children, her old nurse, and even "William," the dog, are cleverly drawn, and there is a charming love story running through it.
've strength of mind for anything when I fairly take hold. But it's awful. When d'you suppose natural sleep will come back?"
She knew that he did not lack physical courage, that he had fearlessly faced great dangers in many outposts of the world; but the demon of insomnia had got a hold of Sir Langham, and he dreaded the night unspeakably. At that moment there was something pathetic about the little, boastful, filibustering man.
"I think you will sleep to-night," she said confidently, "especially if you go to bed early."
She half rose as she spoke, but he put his hand on her arm and pressed her down in her chair again.
"Don't go yet," he cried. "Keep on tellin' me I'll sleep, and then perhaps I shall. You look as if you could will people to do things. You're that quiet sort. Will me, there's a good girl. Tell me again I'll sleep to-night."
It was getting late; the music had stopped and the dancers had disappeared. Miss Ross did not feel over comfortable alone with Sir Langha