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The best is yet to be?

She reached on tiptoe and kissed him. ‘I love you,’ she said, ‘wildly, passionately, and you’re quite right, I could never flirt with you again. I don’t want to. This is the best.’ ‘Not quite....

Starry night

He had been sitting near the French windows; he got to his feet, with Victoria making a show of helping him, and they went outside. The night air was cool after the warmth of the...

A different reality

‘You must remember, concerning Russia, that it is a country of snow and wolves, a vast and hard land. When I am there and I think of the Western cities, of London and Paris, it...

ball flirting military dancing unimpeded redeem promise

Hors de combat

General Tulenkov said, ‘Are you comfortable? We can arrange to have an easy chair brought up.’ ‘No, thank you. This is fine.’ ‘Hors de combat,’ the General said, ‘and watching the ladies in their finery....

Elegance wears better

‘We’ll soon be there.’ ‘Soon! An hour almost.’ ‘You can stop at Chamby,’ Lionel said, ‘if you wish. Breakfast at the hotel there, and take the train up when one comes.’ ‘Perhaps we will do...

Adversity and appetite

The cab smelled of plush and wet paper. They sat close together; cold seemed concentrated in this small space. The driver offered a rug for the ladies, but Katharine declined it. She said in English,...