"I should think you'd have had enough of bars." "I only stayed a minute. This was more difficult than he expected; he wanted to launch out into a long expostulation and explanation, but he only said: "The night I locked her out--" and she interrupted, "I don't feel up to going over that again." After a moment's silence Lincoln said: "We're getting off the subject.
I take one drink every afternoon, and no more." "Don't you want a cocktail before dinner? "I take only one drink every afternoon, and I've had that." "I hope you keep to it," said Marion. You want Marion to set aside her legal guardianship and give you Honoria. "I suppose I did, from time to time, but Helen and I were getting along badly.
I didn't realize it, but the days came along one after another, and then two years were gone, and everything was gone, and I was gone." He was thirty-five, and good to look at.
The Irish mobility of his face was sobered by a deep wrinkle between his eyes.
The main conflict in Babylon Revisted in the custody battle for Honoria Wales.
Charlie Wales wishes to regain custody for his nine year old daughter from her appointed guardian and aunt, Marion Peters.
The two men clasped hands in a friendly way and Lincoln Peters rested his for a moment on Charlie's shoulder. The three children moved intimately about, playing through the yellow oblongs that led to other rooms; the cheer of six o'clock spoke in the eager smacks of the fire and the sounds of French activity in the kitchen. " "She loved you very much." "I loved her too." They were silent for a moment. You'll grow up and meet somebody your own age and go marry him and forget you ever had a daddy." "Yes, that's true," she agreed tranquilly. He was coming back at nine o'clock and he wanted to keep himself fresh and new for the thing he must say then.
But Charlie did not relax; his heart sat up rigidly in his body and he drew confidence from his daughter, who from time to time came close to him, holding in her arms the doll he had brought. "Daddy, I want to come and live with you," she said suddenly. And you love me better than anybody, don't you, now that mummy's dead? "When you're safe inside, just show yourself in that window." "All right.
" and flew up, struggling like a fish, into his arms. " She drew him into the salon, where the family waited, a boy and girl his daughter's age, his sister-in-law and her husband.
She pulled his head around by one ear and set her cheek against his. He greeted Marion with his voice pitched carefully to avoid either feigned enthusiasm or dislike, but her response was more frankly tepid, though she minimized her expression of unalterable distrust by directing her regard toward his child.