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Too late

He thought he smelled gas on the first flight of stairs, although of course that was ridiculous. But the smell was quite plain when he got into the flat. As he came up the staircase...

A posting to the front

He watched Smethers, finding the minute signs – the clenching fingers, the nervous movement of the lips – which told him that he had won. ‘You see, Peter, when it’s a case of charges and...

‘I won’t be very long’

‘I’m going out for a while, Pat,’ he said. ‘I’ll be about an hour, I suppose.’ ‘Don’t go out.’ It was said simply but starkly. He went towards the head of the stairs, and she...

The final break

To-night, whether or not the circumstances were favourable, must see the final break with Patricia. That thought was uppermost in his mind, but deliberately he refrained from elaborating it. It had never been a habit...

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Adventurers only prey on silly women

‘An old man with red tabs on his uniform has just given us a most peculiar look. We should be more respectable.’ ‘You shouldn’t have your eyes open when I’m kissing you,’ he told her....

The wrong son died

‘You’re wrong, though. I wasn’t an only child.’ He looked up and saw her face gazing down at his, unsure and bewildered. It was strange, he thought, that this was something he had never mentioned...

Breaking the silence

She came and sat up beside him, resting against the head-board. She was wearing the dark green dress into which she generally changed on coming to the flat; it brought out the coppery red tints...