Miss Bart had received one or two notes from Judy Trenor, reproaching her for not returning to Bellomont; but she replied evasively, alleging the obligation to remain with her aunt.
It was true that, during the last three or four weeks, she had absented herself from Bellomont on the pretext of having other visits to pay; but she now began to feel that the reckoning she had thus contrived to evade had rolled up interest in the interval.
This struck her as a clumsy evasion, and the thought gave a flash of keenness to her answer.
She was in fact in urgent and immediate need of money: money to meet the vulgar weekly claims which could neither be deferred nor evaded.
Since she could not marry him, it would be kinder to him, as well as easier for herself, to write a line amicably evading his request to see her: he was not the man to mistake such a hint, and when next they met it would be on their usual friendly footing.
Mrs. Fisher sighed evasively.
She had paused a moment with raised brows, drawing away instinctively from his touch, though she made no effort to evade his words.
In her strange state of extra-lucidity, which gave her the sense of being already at the heart of the situation, it seemed incredible that any one should think it necessary to linger in the conventional outskirts of word-play and evasion.