"Has Miss Emily had a visitor?" he inquired, when the servant admitted him.
"The gentleman left a letter for Miss Emily, sir."
"He asked after Miss Letitia's health. When he heard that she was dead, he seemed to be startled, and went away immediately."
The doctor found Emily absorbed over her letter. His anxiety to forestall any possible discovery of the deception which had concealed the terrible story of her father's death, kept Doctor Allday's vigilance on the watch. He doubted the gentleman who had abstained from giving his name; he even distrusted the other unknown person who had written to Emily.
She looked up. Her face relieved him of his misgivings, before she could speak.
"At last, I have heard from my dearest friend," she said. "You remember what I told you about Cecilia? Here is a letter--a long delightful letter--from the Engadine, left at the door by some gentleman unknown. I was questioning the servant when you rang the bell."
"You may question me, if you prefer it. I arrived just as the gentleman was shutting your garden gate."
"Oh, tell me! what was he like?"