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Willy Ca after the day Lily had made her declaration of independence, and let hiht in the little parlor, and Mrs Boyd's fragile silhouette against theshade

He was not surprised at that She had developed a er than any she showed for either Edith or Dan She revealed it in rather touching ways, too, keeping accounts when he accused her of gross extravagance, for she spent Dan's swollen wages wastefully;hih it kept hi to bed until he was safely closeted in his room at the top of the stairs

He came in as early as possible, therefore, for he had had Doctor Smalley in to see her, and the result had been unsatisfactory

"Heart's bad," said the doctor, when they had retired to Willy's room "Leaks like a sieve And there may be an aneurism Looks like it, anyhow"

"What is there to do?" Willy asked, feeling helpless and extre to do Don't send her away; she'd die of loneliness Keep her quiet and keep her happy Don't let her worry She only has a short tithen it It could be shortened, of course, if she had a shock, or anything like that"

"Shall I tell the family?"

"What's the use?" asked Doctor Smalley, philosophically "If they fuss over her she'll suspect so"

As he went down the stairs he looked about him The hall was fresh with new paper and white paint, and in the yard at the rear, visible through an open door, the border of annuals was putting out its first blossoot here," he observed "I think I see the fine hand of Miss Edith, eh?"

"Yes," said Willy Caet a servant after that, but the invalid herself balked him When he found an applicant Mrs Boyd would sit, very h she always ended by sending her away

"She looked like the sort that would be running out at nights," she would say Or: "She wouldn't take telling, and I know the way you like your things, Willy I could see by looking at her that she couldn't cook at all"