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Damaged Goods, The Great Play "Les Avaries" of Eugene Brieux Novelized

At last, in a voice of discouragement than of anger, he went on, "You got married, and you have a child! After all that I told you! You are a wretch!" "Sir," cried George, "let me explain to you!" "Not a word!" exclaimed the other. "There can be no explanation for what you have done." A silence followed. The young man did not know what to say. Finally, stretching out his arms, he pleaded, "You will take care of my little daughter all the same, will you not?" The other turned away with disgust. "Imbecile!" he said. George did not hear the word. "I was able to wait only six months," he murmured. The doctor answered in a voice of cold self-repression, "That is enough, sir! All that does not concern me. I have done wrong even to let you see my indignation. I should have left you to judge yourself. I have nothing to do here but with the present and with the future--with the infant and with the nurse." "She isn't in danger?" cried George. "The nurse is in danger of being contaminated." But George had not been thinking about the nurse. "I mean my child," he said. "Just at present the symptoms are not disturbing." George waited; after a while he began, "You were saying about the nurse. Will you consent that I call my mother? She knows better than I." "As you wish," was the reply. The young man started to the door, but came back, in terrible distress. "I have one prayer to offer you sir; arrange it so that my wife--so that no one will know. If my wife learned that it is I who am the cause--! It is for her that I implore you! She--she isn't to blame." Said the doctor: "I will do everything in my power that she may be kept ignorant of the true nature of the disease." "Oh, how I thank you!" murmured George. "How I thank you!" "Do not thank me; it is for her, and not for you, that I will consent to 52


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