“I want you to be quite frank with me. I am ready to answer any questions. You may think my attitude unusual—”
“Not at all—not at all,” and he flicked his
handkerchief from his pocket and began to polish a lens in a tortoise-shell setting.
“I must confess, Dr. Peterson, that I have been subjected to a great deal of worry and—and doubt. My husband only returned yesterday. Of course, you know about that. Dr. Little sent for you to see Major 佛山桑拿按摩会所 Murray’s wife, I believe.”
Dr. Peterson still flourished his handkerchief.
“Has Dr. Steel expressed any opinion to you?”
“He told me that it was a form of eczema.”
The specialist threw a sharp, penetrating look at her face.
“That was your husband’s diagnosis?”
“I believe it to be incorrect.”
“And that he knows that he has not told me the truth.”
Both heard the rattle of a latch-key in the lock of the front door, and the sound of footsteps in the hall. Symons could 佛山夜生活约炮 be heard hurrying up the stairs from the kitchen. She spoke to some one in the hall, a tired and toneless voice answering her in curt monosyllables. It was Parker Steel.
Dr. Peterson walked up the room and back again to the window, glancing rather nervously at the clock as he passed. His attitude was that of a man who has been 佛山桑拿浴特殊服务 entangled in the meshes of a very delicate dilemma, and he was waiting to see how Betty 佛山桑拿按摩技师 Steel’s mood shaped. She was standing with one hand resting on the back of a chair, as though steadying herself for the inevitable crisis.
“Ah, good-day; I must apologize—Betty!”
He had entered with an elaborate flourish intended to suggest the brisk candor of a man much hurried in the public service. His wife’s figure, outlined against the window, brought him to a dead halt on the threshold. The blood seemed to recede from his face in an instant. The alert, confident manner became a tense effort towards naturalness and self-control.
“You will excuse us, Betty. Dr. Peterson and I have matters to discuss.”
He held the door open for her, but she did not budge.
“I am consulting Dr. Peterson, Parker.”
Her husband’s face seemed to grow thin and haggard, with the lights and shadows of the 佛山夜生活哪里好玩 hall for a checkered background. The 佛山桑拿0757n specialist stood jerking his watch-chain up and down.
“I think,” he began—
Betty turned to him with the air of a mistress of a salon.
“This is a family affair, Dr. Peterson, is it not? There are no secrets that a husband and wife cannot share. I may tell my husband what I believe your opinion to be?”
“My opinion, madam!”
His voice betrayed the rising impatience of a man irritated by finding his discretion taxed
beyond its strength. The grim touch of the tragic element banished the veneer of formalism from his face. To pose such a man as Dr. Peterson with a problem in ethics, engendered anger and impatience.
“I am not aware that I have pledged myself to any expression of opinion.”
“No,” and she smiled; “but I can ask you a blunt question, to which ‘yes’ or ‘no’ will be inevitable.”
The specialist met her eyes, and realized 佛山夜生活论坛 that the 佛山夜生活qq群 subtlety of a woman may make a man’s prudence seem ridiculous. He was a rapid thinker, and the complexities of the situation began to shape themselves in his mind. Betty Steel was not a woman whom he would care to hinder with a lie.
“You put me in a most embarrassing position—”
“Believe me, no.”
“With regard to another case I have some authority to speak.”
“Consider my case within your
“Betty:” Her husband’s face was turned to hers in miserable reproof. “Remember, we are something to each other. I cannot bear—”
He faltered as he read the unalterable purpose in her eyes. It is the nature of some women to appear 佛山桑拿按摩一条龙那里好 incapable of pity when their self-love has received a poignant shock.
“Then, Parker, you admit—”
“For God’s sake, Betty, let me have five minutes’ privacy—”
She looked at him calmly, as though considering his inmost thoughts.
“I think Dr. Peterson can deal with you more forcibly than I can. It is 佛山南海按摩 sufficient that we understand each other.”
“Have you no consideration for my self-respect?”