Excerpt: ...regard him as a "Blood." He was seen arm-in-arm with Lovell, strolling up and down the High Street, and the fags breathlessly repeated what Desmond had predicted a year ago: the Demon was the coming man. And always, when John and Desmond passed him, John thought he could read a derisive triumph upon the Demon's handsome face, an expression which said plainly: "You young fool, don't you know that I'm playing cat and mouse with you?" The three still met twice daily to prepare work. But the moment that was done, Scaife disappeared, leaving John and Desmond together. "He's playing bridge in Lovell's room," said Desmond. More facts were gleaned from the Caterpillar, who had joined the bridge-players, but played seldom. "One draws the line," said he, "at playing for stakes one can't afford to lose. Lovell and the Demon have made it too hot." "And Warde will make it hotter," said John. "Not he," replied the Caterpillar. "The Demon is a wonder. Thanks to his brains, detection is impossible. He suggested that Lovell's room should be used. Warde wouldn't dare to burst in upon one of the Sixth. And you ought to see their dodgy arrangements. Lovell has his young brother on guard. I'm hanged if the Demon didn't invent a sort of drill, which they go through with a stopwatch. It's a star performance, I tell you. Young Lovell bolts in. In thirty-five seconds-they have got it down to that-the cards and markers are hidden; and the four of 'em are jawing away about footer." "All the same," said John, obstinately, "Warde will be too much for 'em." "Oh, rot!" said the Caterpillar. The Manor got into the semi-finals of the football matches, and when the School broke up for the Christmas holidays it was generally conceded that the fortunes of the ancient house were mending. In the Manor itself Warde's influence was hardly yet perceptible: only a very few knew that it was diffusing itself, percolating into nooks and crevices, undreamed of: the hearts of the Fourth Form, ...
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- 13 Sep 2013
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