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CHAPTER III Greville and Jack Reily next day met at their club.
Reily allowed Greville to talk on, played his part in conversation,
but volunteered no information. Greville tried him, by many wiles,
in order to lead him to recount all he had done since they had last
met at the same place. Reily talked on, but religiously abstained
from the subject to which Greville's words tended. Greville,
burning for revenge and utterly unable to restrain his curiosity,
at last came point- blank to the question? ' What about the beauty
whom you mentioned ? Is she still so very beautiful, and also to be
bought ?' ' Oh, yes,' answered Reily ; ' more beautiful than ever.
But there is a difficulty.' Here Reily stopped. Greville said
nothing ; he felt assured that on such a theme his companion would
soon dilate; he knew not his man. Reily, of set purpose, intended
that all should come out with difficulty. Well he knew the value of
a difficulty in order to spur man on to evil, aye, and even to
good. ' Why, Reily, there must be somewhere a great difficulty, or
you would long since have told me all.' ' There is a difficulty;
and perhaps more than one. Whether she has money, or a lover, or
doubts me, I know not; but for some cause or other she is only
half-keen for London and all its pleasures, and the prospect of new
dresses, and even of jewellery, seemed to have no effect on her.' '
Hang it,' said Greville, ' this will never do. But first of all,
will you pledge yourself and your sagacity that she is so very
beautiful ?' ' So far as beauty goes, she is probablythe most
beautiful woman in England ; ,she is simply unequalled.' ' Then,
man,' exclaimed Greville, ' all difficulties must be removed. What
obstacle stops the way ?' ' Money,' quietly answered the other. '
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Alan James Gulston
||246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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