The poor young man hesitated and procrastinated: it cost him such an effort to broach thesubject of terms, to speak of money to a person who spoke only of feelings and, as it were,of the aristocracy. Yet he was unwilling to take leave, treating his engagement as settled,without some more conventional glance in that direction than he could find an opening forin the manner of the large affable lady who sat there drawing a pair of soiled gants deSuède through a fat jewelled hand and, at once pressing and gliding, repeated over andover everything but the thing he would have liked to hear. He would have liked to hear thefigure of his salary; but just as he was nervously about to sound that note the little boycame back-the little boy Mrs. Moreen had sent out of the room to fetch her fan. He cameback without the fan, only with the casual observation that he couldn't find it. As hedropped this cynical confession he looked straight and hard at the candidate for the honourof taking his education in hand. This personage reflected somewhat grimly that the thinghe should have to teach his little charge would be to appear to address himself to hismother when he spoke to her-especially not to make her such an improper answer asthat.
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About the Author
Date of Birth:April 15, 1843
Date of Death:February 28, 1916
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Place of Death:London, England
Education:Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63