"It isn't agreed until I understand you a little better," she quietly replied. "I fancy you have some object of your own in view."
She spoke with her usual directness of look and manner. He was evidently disconcerted. "What makes you think so?" he asked.
"My own experience of myself makes me think so," she answered. "If _I_ had some object to gain, I should persist in carrying it out--like you."
"Does that mean, Miss Emily, that you refuse to give way?"
"No, Mr. Morris. I have made myself disagreeable, but I know when to stop. I trust you--and submit."
If he had been less deeply interested in the accomplishment of his merciful design, he might have viewed Emily's sudden submission with some distrust. As it was, his eagerness to prevent her from discovering the narrative of the murder hurried him into an act of indiscretion. He made an excuse to leave her immediately, in the fear that she might change her mind.
"I have inexcusably prolonged my visit," he said. "If I presume on your kindness in this way, how can I hope that you will receive me again? We meet to-morrow in the reading-room."
He hastened away, as if he was afraid to let her say a word in reply.