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than this, she felt an urge to get to the top, to feel the breeze on
her face and look out over the harbour mouth to the dunes of the
point that bore her family name, and, where they ended, to let
eye rest upon the anonymous, and inexhaustible, comfor
talking nonsense again, about his sister, whom for some reason
he had mentioned, and for whose acquaintance Eloise had long
held a desire. But there on the dike, in the sunshine and heat,
overlooking the mudflats and the harbour channel, Eloise had
purer and more important, the language of engineering, and Ralf
daily badgered his father for lessons.
Walking the narrow path along the top of the dike, the lady, as
etiquette required, was protected before and behind by the
gentlemen. Godric had taken u
indoors and out; and suddenly her embroidery, her aunts, her
whole arid life, had become intolerable. Between the summer
heat and the knowledge that Ralf was only yards away, she had
been pulled irresistibly outside.
She was supposed to want Robert Ingram
She did not dignify his falsehood with agreement, with one of
her own, and Ralf regretted his lie. They both knew what Godric
had meant. She was perfect. Perfect for him. She said, So its
Miss Grigg. Youll ask her to come?
There was a single difference between them. One made homage
to a temporal king; the other paid lip-service to the king above.
Somewhere along the way, that celestial king had been forgotten.
The Cathedral was astounding. As recently as yesterday
popular with the other women of her age. As a girl she had been
ravishing. Thirty years ago, when the King had been twenty and
she seventeen, she had for three months been his mistress, a
severe test for the newlyweds, but one which had earned them