If it could not be done with Mr. Mills’s sanction and concurrence, I besought a clandestine interview in the back kitchen where the Mangle was.
If YOU think so,’ said I. ’I am poorly qualified to judge of such matters,’ replied Agnes, with a modest hesitation, ’but I certainly feel — in short, I feel that your being secret and clandestine, is not being like yourself.’
Stimulated by the silent monitor within, and by a no less touching and appealing monitor without — to whom I will briefly refer as Miss W. — I entered on a not unlaborious task of clandestine investigation, protracted — now, to the best of my knowledge, information, and belief, over a period exceeding twelve calendar months.
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She is involved in clandestine intelligence operations.