her ●man's prejudices.He was always mo▓re interested in getting results, however, than ●in
getting credit, so he was conte▓nt to work instead of talk.
But on his next visit to Lawrence, he to▓ok occasion to put a hypothetical question ●which went directly to the h●eart of his perplexity and for w●hich he very much wanted an answer--though he ▓didn't expect to get it.
Lawrence, h●e said, in a casual tone, having first care▓fully taken a position where
he ha▓d the advantage of the light in watching ●the other man's face, have ▓you considered the possibilit▓y that Miss Wolcott may, after all, have had ▓nothing to do with that affair
turned upon him with swift amaze▓ment and anger.
What do y
ded in a threatening unde●rtone, with an apprehensive glance ▓at the door.
The guard coul
dn't▓ hear me to save his ears.I mean si▓mply,--are you sure of your ▓premises You see, I am taking for grant●ed that your policy of silence is to protect--●oh, I won't mention her name agai▓n.But what if the facts should be tha●t she doesn't need
any protection What▓ if it really proves that you ar▓e making a sacrifice which i▓s not merely heroic but is unnecessary ●Suppose the woman who ran across▓ the street was someone else
Have you● dared to tell--to hint--
What I might ▓dare to do is one thing, what▓ I have actually done is another.As a matter o▓f fact, I have neither told nor hinted,--nor h▓ave I knocked you down for thinking such ●a thing possible.
Lawrence dropped into h●is chair and let his head sink on his● hand.
I beg your pardon.But it ma●kes me wild to think how helples▓s I am.I can't keep Howell, for insta
nce, from ●mousing around, and I can't kee●p Bede from peeri
▓Or me from guessing or breath▓ing.No, you can't.Of course t▓hey may not discover anythin
g,● but even the police sometimes get hold of th●e right clue.You are trying▓ to keep them from a certain clue, at a ●tremendous risk to yourself, and yet you don't ▓know, you only suspect, that your si●lence may benefit the person I do no●t name.
Lawrence drummed impatien▓tly with his fingers for a min▓ute, and then he looked up with a direct● glance into Lyon's eyes.
Lyon, you're● an awfully good fellow to have any pat▓ience with what must seem sheer unreason t●o you, and I wish I could be q●uite frank with you and make you ●see the situation as I do.But you are certain ▓to be put on the witness stand ●yourself, so I simply can't give you any facts w●hich you don't already know.You see that
Yes,--but are they facts
Lawrence loo●ked at him queerly.What explanatio▓n do you suggest for my cane being where it was● he aske
You left it som▓ewhere,--perhaps at the state library--