g at his sister, "except for Miss Fountain. I supposed----"
Mrs. Fountain rose in some agitation and threw him a piteous look.
"Of course you did, Alan--of course you did. But the doctor at Folkestone--he was a Catholic--I took such care about that!--told me I mustn't fast. And Laura is always worrying me. But indeed I didn't want to be dispensed!--not yet!"
Laura said nothing; nor did Helbeck. There was a certain embarrassment in the looks of both, as though there was more in Mrs. Fountain's words than appeared. Then the girl, holding herself erect and rather defiant, drew her stepmother's arm in hers, and turned to Helbeck.
"Will you please show us the way up?"
Helbeck took a small hand-lamp and led the way, bidding the newcomers beware of the slipperiness of the old polished boards. Mrs. Fountain walked with caution, clinging to her stepdaughter. At the foot of the staircase she stopped, and looked upward.
"Alan, I don't see much change!"
He turned back, the
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