"Excuse my little subterfuge," said the countess, in reply to her companion’s half-reproachful observation on the subject; "but that horrid man had made me feel quite uncomfortable, and I longed to be alone, that I might compose my startled mind."
" "Well, let it be three weeks then," said Morcerf; "but remember, at the expiration of that time no delay or subterfuge will justify you in"— "M.
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And after all, bargains and subterfuge are a way of life for him.