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a business man. Marriage is a contract; to marry without saying anything--that means to enter into a bargain by means of passive dissimulation. That's the term, is it not? It is dishonesty, and it ought to come under the law." George, being a lawyer, could appreciate the argument, and could think of nothing to say to it. "What shall I do?" he asked. The other answered, "Go to your father-in-law and tell him frankly the truth." "But," cried the young man, wildly, "there will be no question then of three or four years' delay. He will refuse his consent altogether." "If that is the case," said the doctor, "don't tell him anything." "But I have to give him a reason, or I don't know what he will do. He is the sort of man to give himself to the worst violence, and again my fiancee would be lost to me. Listen, doctor. From everything I have said to you, you may perhaps think I am a mercenary man. It is true that I want to get along in the world, that is only natural. But Henriette has such qualities; she is so much better than I, that I love her, really, as people love in novels. My greatest grief--it is not to give up the practice I have bought--although, indeed, it would be a bitter blow to me; my greatest grief would be to lose Henriette. If you could only see her, if you only knew her--then you would understand. I have her picture here--" The young fellow took out his card-case. And offered a photograph to the doctor, who gently refused it. The other blushed with embarrassment. "I beg your pardon," he said, "I am ridiculous. That happens to me, sometimes. Only, put yourself in my place--I love her so!" His voice broke. "My dear boy," said the doctor, feelingly, "that is exactly why you ought not to marry her." "But," he cried, "if I back out without saying anything they will guess the truth, and I shall be dishonored." "One is not dishonored because one is ill." "But with such a disease! People are so stupid. I myself, yesterday-I should have laughed at anyone who had got into such a plight; I should 32


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