10 Gerard; or,
'•Are you satisfied, madam? Have I told you enough ? " asked
" More than enough. You have made me utterly miserable."
Then came the flutter of a silken skirt, and the opening and
closing of a door, and then Jermyn looked quickly towards that
other door which Hillersdon was holding ajar.
"Who's there?" he asked.
" A lady who would like to talk with you before you are exhausted
by that clamorous herd in the corridor. ]\Iay she come to you at
" It is Mrs. Champion," said Jermyn. ' ■ Yes, let her come in."
" He could not possibly have seen me," wliispered Edith Cham¬
pion, who had been standing behind the door.
"He divined your presence. He is no more a magician than I
am in that matter," said Hillersdon, as she passed him, and closed
the door behind her.
She came out after a five minutes' conference, much paler than
when she entered.
■•Well, has he told the lovely doll her latest secret, the mystery
of a new gown from Felix or Kaunitz ? " asked Gerard.
"I %yill see you now, if you have anything to say to me, Mr.
Hillersdon," said Jermyn airily.
" I am v/ith you in a moment," answered Gerard, lingering on
the threshold, and holding !Mrs. Champion's hand in both of his.
" Edith, what has he said to you ? you look absolutely frightened."
•'Yes, he has frightened me—frightened me by telling me my
own thoughts. I did not know I was so fuU of sin. Let me go,
Gerard. He has made me hate myself. He will do as much for
you, perhaps. He will make you odious in your own eyes. Yes, go
to him ; hear all that he can tell you."
She broke from him, and hurried a-way, he looking after her
anxiousl}'. Then, with a troubled sigh, he went to hear what this
new adept of a doubtful science might have to say to him.
The Hbrary was always in shadow at this hour, and now, with
that grey threatening sky outside the long narrow Queen Anne
windows, the room was wrapped in a wintry darkness, against
which the smiling countenance of the diviner stood out in luminous
" Sit down, Mr. Hillersdon, I am not going to hurry because of
that mob outside," said Jermyn gaily, throwing himseff back in
the capacious arm-chair, and turning his beaming face towards