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sight of herself in the mirror. When Robert saw her, his mouth opened and no words came out. That night he came to her for dance after dance, and afterwards he walked her to her dorm and invited her to dinner the following night. A month later Robert was still wavering, so Ruth brought him home to the farm. Her father was eager to meet him, not put off that Robert’s family had been in service. This was America, where a man was what he made of himself. Some of the Vanderbilts’ breeding had rubbed off on Robert, and his courtly manner charmed Ruth’s mother and put her father on his best behavior. Even Greg got drawn in, asking question after question about Germany. After Ruth showed Robert to her old room and left him with a lingering kiss, she went downstairs to ask her father what he thought. He nodded once, closing his eyes, and that was good enough for Ruth. She did what she had to do to make sure Robert wouldn’t slip away. And if it was a sin, she was doubly damned for the thrill she took in it. No
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