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(without typos) from the publisher. 1919. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII
DENZIL got out to get some papers which he had been too hurried to
secure at Paddington, tipping the guard on the way, so that an old
gentleman who showed signs of desiring to enter was warded off to
another compartment. Thus when the train re-started, they were
again left alone. Amaryllis had partially recovered and was looking
nearly her usual self, but for the violet shadows beneath her eyes.
She glanced at the papers which he handed to her, and Denzil
retired behind the Times. He wanted to think; he must not let
himself slip out of hand. He must resolutely stamp out all the
emotion that she was causing him; he despised weakness of any sort.
He thought of Verisschenzko's words about laws being powerless to
control a man's actions, when a natural force is prompting him,
unless he uses selfanalysis, and so by gaining knowledge permits
the spirit to conquer. He recollected that he had transgressed
often without a backward thought in past days with other women, but
now his honour was engaged even apart from his firm belief in
Stepan's favourite saying, that a man must never sully the wrong
thing. Then the argument they had often had about indulgences came
to him, and the truth of the only possibility of their enjoyment
being while they remained servants, not masters. He had had his
indulgence in the two hours to Westbury, and had very nearly let it
conquer him, more than once, and now he must not only curb all
friendly words and delightful dalliance with forbidden topics, but
he must feel no more passion. He made himself read the war news and
try to visualize the grim reality behind the official phrasing of
the communiques. And gradually he became calm, and was almost
startled when Amaryllis, who had been watching him furtively and
had begun to wonder if he was really so ...
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