He selected a cigar from a box which had been passed him, and rose a little abruptly.
‘I go to speak with a friend,’ he said—’a matter of business. For your excellent luncheon I thank you very much, and for the privilege of having met Miss de Freyne,’ he added with a little bow, ‘I thank you even more. Till Friday, then.’
He shuffled 佛山桑拿按摩 across the room, an ill-dressed, undignified figure, yet with a confidence which surpassed conceit. They saw him greet a compatriot and seat himself at the latter’s table.
‘That man,’ Lavendale said, as he toyed with his coffee spoon, ‘has at the back of his head some new scheme. It may not be directed against your people. I have an idea that it is more likely to be directed against mine.’
‘But he is an American himself,’
‘He is a German-American,’ Lavendale replied, ‘which means that he is very much a German and very little an American.’
‘Whatever his new scheme may be,’ she sighed, ‘I do not think that he is disposed to talk about it.’
‘Whatever it may be,’ Lavendale replied, ‘it is my business to find it out. One thing is absolutely certain. No American would receive the attentions of the Kaiser—in war time, 佛山桑拿全套按摩论坛 too—and come back here without a word to say about it, unless there was something in the background, something he meant to keep secret.’
They strolled out into the entrance hall and Lavendale departed in search of his hat. A waiter came hurriedly out to Suzanne’s side.
‘For madame,’ he whispered, slipping a little note into her hand.
Her fingers closed upon it quickly. She glanced around. Lavendale was still talking to some acquaintances. She opened it and read the few hastily pencilled lines:—
‘It would give me a great deal of pleasure to see you again before Friday. I am in flat 74 in the Court here. Shall be alone all this afternoon.’
She crumpled up the note in her hand. Lavendale was coming towards her.
‘Can I take you anywhere?’ he asked. ‘The car will be outside.’
She shook her head.
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Suzanne turned the handle of number seventy-four, closed the door behind her and entered the sitting-room. Mr. Kessner turned around in his chair from before a mass of papers. He looked at Suzanne for an instant in surprise, an expression which, as he recognized her, changed quickly into one of satisfaction. He rose to his feet and came towards her.
‘This is a great pleasure, my dear young lady,’ he said. ‘I scarcely dared to hope——’
He took her hands, but she evaded him with a little smile.
‘You see, we are neighbours almost,’ she explained. ‘I have an apartment here when I am in London. I thought I would call in and see you on the way to my room. But, please—do you mind?’
She pushed him gently away from her. For a moment his face darkened. Then,广东佛山桑拿论坛 with a shrug of the shoulders, he threw himself into the easy-chair opposite, a shapeless, ill-dressed little morsel of humanity, with a queer intelligence shining out of his narrowed eyes, suggested, too, in the square forehead and puckered brows.
‘Listen, young lady,’ he said. ‘Do you know why I asked you to come and see me?’
She raised her eyebrows and laughed at him.
‘Because you like me, I hope,’ she replied. ‘For myself, I love making fresh acquaintances amongst clever men.’
‘Acquaintances?’ he repeated slowly.
She nodded several times.
‘I am not one of those,’ she said, ‘who can gather the whole world in without a pause. I like to make acquaintances. Sometimes an acquaintance may become a friend. Sometimes—but that takes time.’
She felt the steely light of his eyes upon her and looked modestly down upon the carpet.
‘Well,’ he went on, ‘there were two reasons why I sent for you. One I think you have surmised, and you keep it there at the back of your pretty little head. The other—well, you are a young person of intelligence and mixed nationality. I thought it possible that you might be of use to me.’
‘But in what manner?’ she demanded.
‘I was frank with you at luncheon-time,’ he said. ‘You know where my sympathies lie. Yours, I gathered, are divided. Would it be possible, I wonder, to induce you to look my way?’
‘But you yourself admitted,’ she reminded him, ‘that the cause of Germany in America is lost. What more is there to be done?’
‘Young lady,’ he replied, ‘the cause of Germany in America
may be lost for the moment so far as regards our efforts to induce the present administration to carry into effect an ethical neutrality. But the great source of Germany’s greatness is her capacity for looking ahead. If one cause is lost, then in that day a new one is born. If Germany had not foreseen and prepared for this war for forty years, she would have been crushed to-day. Now 佛山桑拿一条龙酒店we who are her sons in foreign countries, our eyes, too, are fixed upon the future.’
‘Then you have a new scheme,’ she said quietly.
‘We have a new scheme,’ he admitted, ‘but what that may be it is not my intention to tell you at present.’
She pouted at once.
‘Of course, if you are not going to trust me——’
‘You must not be a foolish child,’ he interrupted. ‘You would think little of me if I did, and besides,’ he added, rising to his
feet, ‘I am not sure yet that I do trust you. Wait.’