"It was very good of you to stay," he said; "you do not know how much pleasure you have given them."
Her feminine appreciation responded to the tact of this remark: it was so distinctly what he should have said.
How delicate, she thought, must be his understanding of her, that he should have spoken so!
"I was glad to stay," she answered, in a low voice. "I--enjoyed it, too."
"They have very little in their lives," he said, and added, with a characteristic touch, "I do not mean to say that your coming would not be an event in any household."
She laughed with him, softly, at this sally.
"Not to speak of the visit you are making them," she replied.
"Oh, I'm one of the family," he said; "I come and go. Jabe's is my country house, when I can't stand the city any longer."