"Left him! Where--has he gone?"
"Gone up to live with Jabe Jenney. If Austen cared anything about money, he never would have broken with the old man, who has some little put away."
"Why did he leave his father?" asked Victoria, not taking the trouble now to conceal her interest.
"Well," said Tom, "you know they never did get along. It hasn't been Austen's fault--he's tried. After he came back from the West he stayed here to please old Hilary, when he might have gone to New York and made a fortune at the law, with his brains. But after Austen saw the kind of law the old man practised he wouldn't stand for it, and got an office of his own."
"What kind of law does Hilary Vane practise?" she asked.
Tom hesitated and began to mop his forehead again.
"Please don't mind me," Victoria pleaded.
"Well, all right," said Tom, "I'll tell you the truth, or die for it. But I don't want to make you-unhappy."