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“The handwriting upon that envelope which I have just restored to you, Mr. Richardson, is well known to me,” Wingrave continued, gazing steadfastly at the young man whom he was addressing.
“The envelope! The handwriting!” Richardson faltered. “I it was from ”
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“Ah!” he said. “We need not mention the lady’s name. That she should be a correspondent of yours, however, helps me to understand better several matters which have somewhat puzzled me lately. No! Don’t go, my dear sir. We must really have this affair straightened out.”
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Wingrave leaned a little forward in his chair. His eyebrows were drawn close together; his gaze was entirely merciless.
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“Don’t lie to me, sir,” Wingrave said sharply. “I have been wondering what the you meant by canada goose store hanging around after me, giving the deck steward five shillings to put your chair next mine, and pretending to read, while all the time you were trying to overhear any scraps of conversation between my secretary and myself. I thought you were simply guilty of impertinent curiosity. This, however, rather alters the look of affairs.”
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