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For three weeks Lily did not see Louis Akers, nor did she go back to the house on Cardew Way She hated doing clandestine or forbidden things, and she was, too, deteran to realize existed at hoain into the old environ herself with assuayeties as Lent per penance in a dozen ways for that stolen afternoon with Louis Akers

She had been forbidden to see hiain It had come about by Grace's confession to Howard as to Lily's visit to the Doyles He had not objected to that

"Unless Doyle talks his rubbish to her," he said "She said soht that didn't sound like her Was any one else there?"

"An attorney named Akers," she said

And at that Howard had scowled

"She'd better keep away altogether," he observed, curtly "She oughtn't to meet men like that"

"Shall I tell her?"

"I'll tell her," he said And tell her he did, not too tactfully, andher his reasons

"He's not the sort of ht to be sufficient Have you seen him since?"

Lily flushed, but she did not like to lie

"I had tea with him one afternoon I often have tea with men, father You know that"

"You kneouldn't approve, or you would have mentioned it"

Because he felt that he had been rather ruthless with her, he stopped in at the jeweler's the nextand sent her a tiny jeweled watch Lily was touched and repentant She ain, and found a certain relief in the decision She was conscious that he had a peculiar attraction for her, a purely emotional appeal He made her feel alive Even when she disapproved of him, she was conscious of him She put him resolutely out of her mind, to have him reappear in her dreams, not as a lover, but as so her to do absurd, inconsequential things

Now and then she saw Willy Caone back, apparently, to the old friendly relationship They walked together, and once they went to thepictures, to Grace's horror But there were no peanuts to eat, and instead of the jingling caely different Even Willy Cameron was different He was very silent, and on the way home he did not once speak of the plain people