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Nightfall Part 28

"She is with Mrs. Clowes," said Val shortly, and colouring all over his face. Fling enough mud and some of it is sure to stick!

If his unworldly father could think Laura, though innocent, so far compromised that Isabel was not safe in her care, what were other people saying? Val got up. "I shall walk down and smoke a pipe with Clowes. He won't go to bed till they come in."

The beechen way was dark and steep; roosting birds blundered out from overhead with a sleepy clamour of alarm-notes and a great rustle of leaf-brushed wings; one could have tracked Val's course by the commotion they made. On the footbridge dark in alder-shadow he lingered to enjoy the cool woodland air and lulling ripple underfoot. Not a star pierced to that black water, it might have been unfathomably deep; and though the village street was only a quarter of a mile away the night was intensely quiet, for all Chilmark went to bed after closing time. It was not often that Val, overworked and popular, tasted such a profound solitude. Not a leaf stirred: no one was near: under golden stars it was chilling towards one of the first faint frosts of the year: and insensibly Val relaxed his guard: a heavy sigh broke from him, and he moved restlessly, indulging himself in recollection as a man who habitually endures pain without wincing will now and then allow himself the relief of defeat.

For it is a relief not to pretend any more nor fight: to let pain take its way, like a slow tide invading every nerve and flooding every recess of thought, till one is pierced and penetrated by it, married to it, indifferent so long as one can drop the mask of that cruel courage which exacts so many sacrifices. Val was still only twenty-nine. Forty years more of a life like this! . . . Lawrence had once compared him to a man on the rack.

But, though Lawrence knew all, Val had never relaxed the strain before him: was incapable of relaxing it before any spectator.

He needed to be not only alone, but in the dark, hidden even from himself: and even so no open expression was possible to him, not a movement after the first deep sigh: it was relief enough for him to be sincere with himself and own that he was unhappy. But why specially unhappy now?

Midnight: the church clock had begun to strike in a deep whirring chime, muffled among the million leaves of the wood.

That trio were in the train now, Isabel probably fast falling asleep, Hyde and Laura virtually alone for the run from Waterloo to Chilmark.

A handsome man, Hyde, and attractive to women, or so rumour and Yvonne Bendish affirmed. If even Yvonne, who was Laura's own sister, was afraid of Hyde! ... Well, Hyde was to be given the hint to take himself off, and surely no more than such a hint would be necessary? Val smiled, the prospect was not without a wry humour. If he had been Hyde's brother, what he had to say would not have said itself easily. "Let us hope he won't knock me down," Val reflected, "or the situation will really become strained; but he won't--that's not his way." What was his way?

The worst of it was that Val was not at all sure what way Hyde would take, nor whether he would consent to go alone. A handsome man, confound him, and a picked specimen of his type: one of those high-geared and smoothly running physical machines that are all grace in a lady's drawingroom and all steel under their skins. What a contrast between him and poor Bernard! the one so impotent and devil-ridden, the other so virile, unscrupulous, and serene.

Val stirred restlessly and gripped the rail of the bridge between his clenched hands. His mind was a chaos of loose ends and he dared not follow any one of them to its logical conclusion. What was he letting himself think of Laura? Such fears were an insult to her clear chastity and strength of will. Or, in any event, what was it to him? He was Bernard's friend, and Laura's but he was not the keeper of Bernard's honour. . . . But Hyde and Laura . . . alone . . . the train with its plume of fire rushing on through the dark sleeping night. . . .

"In manus tuas . . ." Val raised his head, and shivered, the wind struck chill: he was tired out. Yet only a second or so had gone by while he was indulging himself in useless regrets for what could never be undone, and still more useless anxiety for a future which was not only beyond his control but outside his province as Bernard's agent. That after all was his status at Wanhope, he had no other. It was still striking twelve: the last echo of the last chime trembled away on a faint, fresh sough of wind. . . . A lolloping splash off the bank into the water--what was that? A dark blot among ripples on a flat and steely glimmer, the sketch of a whiskered feline mask . . . Val made a mental note to speak to Jack Bendish about it: otters are bad housekeepers in a trout stream.

"Hallo! Good man!" Major Clowes was on his back in the drawingroom, in evening dress, and playing patience. "I've tried Kings, Queens and Knaves, and Little Demon, and Fair Lucy, and brought every one of 'em out first round. Something must be going to happen." With a sweep of his arm he flung all the cards on the floor. "What do you want?"

"A pipe," said Val, going on one knee to pick up the scattered pack. "I looked in to see how you were getting on. Aren't you going to bed?"

"Not before they come in."

"Nor will Jimmy, I left him sitting up for Isabel. You're both of you very silly, you'll be dead tired tomorrow, and what's the object of it?"

"To make sure they do come in," Bernard explained with a broad grin. Val sprang up: intolerable, this reflection of his own fear in Bernard's distorting mirror! "Ha ha! Suppose they didn't? Laura was rather fond of larks before she married me.

She was, I give you my word--she and the other girl. You wouldn't think it of Laura, would you? Butter wouldn't melt in her mouth. But she might like a fling for a change. Who'd blame her? I'm no good as a husband, and Lawrence is a picked specimen. Quelle type, eh?"

"Very good-looking."

"'Very good-looking!'" Bernard mocked at him. "You and your Army vocabulary! And I'm a nice chap, and Laura's quite a pretty woman, and this is a topping knife, isn't it, and life's a jolly old beano-- Pity I can't get out of it, by the by: if physiology is the basis of marriage, those two would run well in harness."

"There's an otter in the river," remarked Val, examining the little dagger, the same that Lawrence had given Bernard. "I heard him from the bridge. They come down from the upper reaches. Remind me to tell Jack, he's always charmed to get a day's sport with his hounds." He laid the dagger on a side-table.

"Have one of my cigars? You can't afford cigars, can you? poor devil! They're on that shelf. Not those: they're Hyde's." Val put back the box as if it had burnt his fingers. "Leaves his things about as if the place were a hotel!" grumbled Major Clowes. "That's one of his books. Pick it up. What is it?" Val read out the title. "Poetry? Good Lord deliver us! Do you read poetry, Val?"

"I occasionally dip into Tennyson," Val replied, settling himself in an easy chair. "I can't understand modern verse as a rule, it's too clever for me, and the fellows who write it always seem to go in for such gloomy subjects. I don't like gloomy books, I like stuff that rests and refreshes you. There are enough sad things in life without writing stories about them. I can read the 'Idylls of the King,' but I can't read Bernard Shaw."

"Nor anybody else," said Bernard. He fixed his eyes on Val: eyes like his cousin's in form and colour, large, and so black under their black lashes that the pupil was almost indistinguishable from the iris, but smouldering in a perpetual glow, while Hyde's were clear and indifferent. "You're a good sort to have come down to look after me. I don't feel very brash tonight. Oh Val!

oh Val! I know I'm a brute, a coarse-minded, foul-mouthed brute.

I usedn't to be. When I was twenty-five, if any man had said before me what I say of Laura, I'd have kicked him out of his own house. Why don't you kick me?"

"I am not violent."

"Ain't you? I am." He flung out his arm. "Give me your hand."

Val complied, amused or touched: as often happened when they were alone, he remained on the borderline. But it was taken in no affectionate clasp. Bernard's grip closed on him, tighter and tighter, till the nails were driven into his palm. "Is that painful?" Clowes asked with his Satanic grin. "Glad of it. I'm in pain too. I've got neuritis in my spine and I can't sleep for it. I haven't had any proper sleep for a week.--Oh my God, my God, my God! do you think I'd grumble if that were all? I can't, I can't lie on my back all my life playing patience or fiddling over secondhand penknives! I was born for action. Action, Val!

I'm not a curate. I'd like to smash something--crush it to a jelly." Val mincingly pointed out that such a consummation was not far off, but he was ignored. "Oh damn the war! and damn England too--what did we go to fight for? What asses we were!

Did we ever believe in a reason? Give me these ten years over again and I wouldn't be such a fool. Who cares whether we lick Germany or Germany licks England? I don't."

"I do."

Bernard stared at him, incredulous. "What--'freedom and honour' and all the rest of it?"

"In a defensive war--"

"Oh for God's sake! I've just had my supper."

"--any man who won't fight for his country deserves to be shot."

"You combine the brains of a rabbit with the morals of a eunuch."

Val crossed his legs and withdrew his cigar to laugh.

"Ah! I apologize." Clowes shrugged his shoulders. "'Eunuch' is the wrong word for you--as a breed they're a cowardly lot. But I used the term in the sense of a Palace favourite who swallows all the slop that's pumped into him. 'Lloyd George for ever and Britannia rules the waves.' Dare say I should sing it myself if I'd come out covered with glory like you did."

"I met Gainsford today. He says the longacre fences ought to be renewed before winter. Parts of them are so rotten that the first gale will bring them down."

"Damn Gainsford and damn the fences and damn you."

"Really, really!" Val stretched himself out and put his feet up.

"You're very monotonous tonight."

"And you, you're tired: I wear you both out, you and Laura--and yet you're the only people on earth. . . . Why can't I die?

Sometimes I wonder if it's anything but cowardice that prevents me from cutting my throat. But my life is infernally strong in me, I don't want to die: what I want is to get on my legs again and kick that fellow Hyde down the steps. What does he stop on here for?"

"Well, you're always pressing him to stay, aren't you? Why do you do it, if this is the way you feel towards him?"

"Because I've always sworn I'd give Laura all the rope she wanted," said Clowes between his teeth. "If she wants to hang herself, let her. I should score in the long run. Hyde would chuck her away like an old shoe when he got sick of her." There was a fire not far from madness burning now in the wide, dilated eyes. "Afterwards she'd have to come back, because those Selincourts haven't got twopence between the lot of them, and if she did she'd be mine for good and all. Hyde would break her in for me."

"You don't realize what you're saying, Berns, old man. You can't," said Val gently, "or you wouldn't say it. It is too unutterably beastly."

"Ah! perhaps the point of view is a bit warped," Bernard returned carelessly to sanity. "It shocks you, does it? But the fact is Laura has the whip hand of me and I can't forgive her for it.

She's the saint and I'm the sinner. She's a bit too good. If Hyde broke her in and sent her home on her knees, I should have the whip hand of her, and I'd like to reverse the positions. Can you follow that? Yes! A bit warped, I own. But I am warped-- bound to be. Give the body such a wrench as the Saxons gave mine and you're bound to get some corresponding wrench in the mind."

"That's rank materialism."

"Bosh! it's common sense. Look at your own case! Do you never analyze your own behaviour? You would if you lay on your back year in year out like me. You're maimed too."

"No, am I?" Val reached for a fourth cushion. "Think o' that, now."

"Or you wouldn't be content to hang on in Chilmark, riding over another man's property and squiring another man's wife. The shot that broke your arm broke your life. You had the makings of a fine soldier in you, but you were knocked out of your profession and you don't care for any other. With all your ability you'll never be worth more than six or seven hundred a year, for you've no initiative and you're as nervous as a cat. You're not married and you'll never marry: you're too passive, too continent, too much of a monk to attract a healthy woman. No: don't you flatter yourself that you've escaped any more than I have. The only difference is that the Saxons mucked up my life and you've mucked up your own. You fool! you high-minded, over-scrupulous fool! . . . You and I are wreckage of war, Val: cursed, senseless devilry of war.-- Go and play a tune, I'm sick of talking."

Val was not any less sick of listening. He went to the piano, but not to play a tune. Impossible to insult that crippled tempest on the sofa with the sweet eternal placidities of Mozart or Bach. His fingers wandered over the lower register, improvising, modulating from one minor key to another in a cobweb of silver harmony spun pale and low from a minimum of technical attention. For once Bernard had struck home. "The shot that broke your arm broke your life." Stripped of Bernard's rhetoric, was it true?

Val could not remember the time when his ambition had not been set on soldiering: regiments of Hussars and Dragoons had deployed on his earliest Land of Counterpane: he had never cared for any other toys. But as soon as war was over he had resigned his commission, a high sense of duty driving him from a field in which he felt unfit to serve. He had pitilessly executed his own judgment: no man can do more. But what if in judgement itself had been unhinged--warped--deflected by the interaction of splintered bone and cut sinew and dazed, ghost-ridden mind? Have not psychologists said that few fighting men were strictly normal in or for some time after the war?

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 Chapter 405: The Academy Is Always Very Polite
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 Chapter 513
 Chapter 512
 Chapter 511: The Lonesome Mountain
 Chapter 510
 Chapter 509: Heart's Blood
 Chapter 508
 Chapter 507: The Black Horse Carriage with A Sunroof
 Chapter 506: Disappointed before Parting
 Chapter 505: Small Pills
 Chapter 504
 Chapter 503: Just Because of One More Look at You
 Chapter 502
 Chapter 501
 Chapter 500
 Chapter 499
 Chapter 498
 Chapter 497
 Chapter 496: The Story of Spring(III)
 Chapter 495: The Story of Spring (II)
 Chapter 494
 Chapter 493
 Chapter 492: Tomb Sweeping
 Chapter 491
 Chapter 490: The Same World, the Different Thoughts
 Chapter 489: Friends from the Same Sect and Enemies in the Winter Forest
 Chapter 488: After Your Death
 Chapter 487
 Chapter 486: Lullaby
 Chapter 485
 Chapter 484
 Chapter 483: The Open Spear
 Chapter 482
 Chapter 481: The Blood Flag Will Not Fall
 Chapter 480: The Meeting of Iron Flowers and Iron Arrows
 Chapter 479
 Chapter 478
 Chapter 477
 Chapter 476
 Chapter 475: Snowing
 Chapter 474
 Chapter 473
 Chapter 472
 Chapter 471: Blood in the Palm; People on the Bridge
 Chapter 470
 Chapter 469
 Chapter 468: Watching the Snow
 Chapter 467: Winter Solstice Festival
 Chapter 466: Disabusing
 Chapter 465
 Chapter 464
 Chapter 463: Stronger Feeling of Autumn
 Chapter 462
 Chapter 461
 Chapter 460
 Chapter 459
 Chapter 458: The Fisherman and the Invitation
 Chapter 457
 Chapter 456
 Chapter 455: Retiring and Growing Old
 Chapter 454
 Chapter 453: Observing the Sword for A Whole Night and Drawing it
 Chapter 452: Why Fight with Someone Who Was Not in the Same State as Yours?
 Chapter 451
 Chapter 450
 Chapter 449
 Chapter 448
 Chapter 447: The Time Would Come for Stars to Fall
 Chapter 446
 Chapter 445
 Chapter 444: The Arrival of A Maiden Taoist Priest Drenched in the Rain.
 Chapter 443
 Chapter 442
 Chapter 441: Holding Umbrella
 Chapter 440: Planting Lotus
 Chapter 439: Moving Trees
 Chapter 438: Sword Thunder
 Chapter 437
 Chapter 436
 Chapter 435: Blasting the Stream
 Chapter 434: Torn Armor
 Chapter 433: Cutting the Weeds
 Chapter 432
 Chapter 431
 Chapter 430
 Chapter 429
 Chapter 428
 Chapter 427
 Chapter 426
 Chapter 425
 Chapter 424
 Chapter 423
 Chapter 422
 Chapter 421
 Chapter 420
 Chapter 419
 Chapter 418
 Chapter 417
 Chapter 416
 Chapter 415
 Chapter 414
 Chapter 413
 Chapter 412
 Chapter 411: Borrowing the Sword (Part 2)
 Chapter 411
 Chapter 410: Borrowing the Sword (Part 1)
 Chapter 410
 Chapter 409
 Chapter 408
 Chapter 407
 Chapter 406
 Chapter 405: The Academy Is Always Very Polite
 Chapter 404: Why Don't You Give in? (Part 2)
 Chapter 404
 Chapter 403: Why Don't You Give in? (Part 1)
 Chapter 403
 Chapter 402
 Chapter 401
 Chapter 400
 Chapter 399
 Chapter 398
 Chapter 397
 Chapter 396
 Chapter 395
 Chapter 394: The Third Book
 Chapter 393
 Chapter 392
 Chapter 391
 Chapter 390
 Chapter 389
 Chapter 388: Jumping Down From the Waterfall and Talking About Beasts
 Chapter 387
 Chapter 386
 Chapter 385
 Chapter 384
 Chapter 383
 Chapter 382
 Chapter 381
 Chapter 380
 Chapter 379
 Chapter 378
 Chapter 377
 Chapter 376
 Chapter 375
 Chapter 374
 Chapter 373
 Chapter 372
 Chapter 371
 Chapter 370
 Chapter 369
 Chapter 368
 Chapter 367
 Chapter 366
 Chapter 365
 Chapter 364
 Chapter 363
 Chapter 362
 Chapter 361
 Chapter 360
 Chapter 359
 Chapter 358
 Chapter 357
 Chapter 356
 Chapter 355
 Chapter 354
 Chapter 353
 Chapter 352
 Chapter 351
 Chapter 350
 Chapter 349
 Chapter 348
 Chapter 347
 Chapter 346
 Chapter 345
 Chapter 344
 Chapter 343
 Chapter 342
 Chapter 341
 Chapter 340
 Chapter 339
 Chapter 338
 Chapter 337
 Chapter 336
 Chapter 335
 Chapter 334
 Chapter 333
 Chapter 332
 Chapter 331
 Chapter 330
 Chapter 329
 Chapter 328
 Chapter 327: Depressed yet Zealous
 Chapter 326: Everyone Has a Chain on His Neck
 Chapter 325
 Chapter 324
 Chapter 323
 Chapter 322
 Chapter 321
 Chapter 320
 Chapter 319
 Chapter 318
 Chapter 317
 Chapter 316
 Chapter 315
 Chapter 314
 Chapter 313
 Chapter 312
 Chapter 311
 Chapter 310
 Chapter 309
 Chapter 308
 Chapter 307
 Chapter 306
 Chapter 305
 Chapter 304
 Chapter 303
 Chapter 302
 Chapter 301
 Chapter 300
 Chapter 299
 Chapter 298
 Chapter 297
 Chapter 296
 Chapter 295
 Chapter 294
 Chapter 293
 Chapter 292
 Chapter 291
 Chapter 290
 Chapter 289
 Chapter 288
 Chapter 287
 Chapter 286
 Chapter 285
 Chapter 284
 Chapter 283
 Chapter 282
 Chapter 281
 Chapter 280
 Chapter 279
 Chapter 278
 Chapter 277
 Chapter 276
 Chapter 275
 Chapter 274
 Chapter 273
 Chapter 272
 Chapter 271
 Chapter 270
 Chapter 269
 Chapter 268
 Chapter 267
 Chapter 266
 Chapter 265
 Chapter 264
 Chapter 263
 Chapter 262
 Chapter 261
 Chapter 260
 Chapter 259
 Chapter 258
 Chapter 257
 Chapter 256
 Chapter 255
 Chapter 254
 Chapter 253
 Chapter 252
 Chapter 251
 Chapter 250
 Chapter 249
 Chapter 248
 Chapter 247
 Chapter 246
 Chapter 245
 Chapter 244
 Chapter 243
 Chapter 242
 Chapter 241
 Chapter 240
 Chapter 239
 Chapter 238
 Chapter 237
 Chapter 236
 Chapter 235
 Chapter 234
 Chapter 233
 Chapter 232
 Chapter 231
 Chapter 230
 Chapter 229
 Chapter 228
 Chapter 227
 Chapter 226
 Chapter 225
 Chapter 224
 Chapter 223
 Chapter 222
 Chapter 221
 Chapter 220
 Chapter 219
 Chapter 218
 Chapter 217
 Chapter 216
 Chapter 215
 Chapter 214
 Chapter 213
 Chapter 212
 Chapter 211
 Chapter 210
 Chapter 209
 Chapter 208
 Chapter 207
 Chapter 206
 Chapter 205
 Chapter 204
 Chapter 203
 Chapter 202
 Chapter 201
 Chapter 200
 Chapter 199
 Chapter 198
 Chapter 197
 Chapter 196
 Chapter 195
 Chapter 194
 Chapter 193
 Chapter 192
 Chapter 191
 Chapter 190
 Chapter 189
 Chapter 188
 Chapter 187
 Chapter 186
 Chapter 185
 Chapter 184
 Chapter 183
 Chapter 182
 Chapter 181
 Chapter 180
 Chapter 179
 Chapter 178
 Chapter 177
 Chapter 176
 Chapter 175
 Chapter 174
 Chapter 173
 Chapter 172
 Chapter 171
 Chapter 170
 Chapter 169
 Chapter 168
 Chapter 167
 Chapter 166
 Chapter 165
 Chapter 164
 Chapter 163
 Chapter 162
 Chapter 161
 Chapter 160
 Chapter 159
 Chapter 158
 Chapter 157
 Chapter 156
 Chapter 155
 Chapter 154
 Chapter 153
 Chapter 152
 Chapter 151
 Chapter 150
 Chapter 149
 Chapter 148
 Chapter 147
 Chapter 146
 Chapter 145
 Chapter 144
 Chapter 143
 Chapter 143
 Chapter 142
 Chapter 141
 Chapter 141
 Chapter 140
 Chapter 140
 Chapter 139
 Chapter 138
 Chapter 137
 Chapter 136
 Chapter 135
 Chapter 134
 Chapter 133
 Chapter 132
 Chapter 131
 Chapter 130
 Chapter 129
 Chapter 128
 Chapter 127
 Chapter 126
 Chapter 125
 Chapter 124
 Chapter 123
 Chapter 122
 Chapter 121
 Chapter 120
 Chapter 119
 Chapter 118
 Chapter 117
 Chapter 116
 Chapter 115
 Chapter 114
 Chapter 113
 Chapter 112
 Chapter 111
 Chapter 110
 Chapter 109
 Chapter 108
 Chapter 107
 Chapter 106
 Chapter 105
 Chapter 104
 Chapter 103
 Chapter 102
 Chapter 101
 Chapter 100
 Chapter 99
 Chapter 98
 Chapter 97
 Chapter 96
 Chapter 95
 Chapter 94
 Chapter 93
 Chapter 92
 Chapter 91
 Chapter 90
 Chapter 89
 Chapter 88
 Chapter 87
 Chapter 86
 Chapter 85
 Chapter 84
 Chapter 83
 Chapter 82
 Chapter 81
 Chapter 80
 Chapter 79
 Chapter 78
 Chapter 77
 Chapter 76
 Chapter 75
 Chapter 74
 Chapter 73
 Chapter 72
 Chapter 71
 Chapter 70
 Chapter 69
 Chapter 68
 Chapter 67
 Chapter 66
 Chapter 65
 Chapter 64
 Chapter 63
 Chapter 62
 Chapter 61
 Chapter 60
 Chapter 59
 Chapter 58
 Chapter 57
 Chapter 56
 Chapter 55
 Chapter 54
 Chapter 53
 Chapter 52
 Chapter 51
 Chapter 50
 Chapter 49
 Chapter 48
 Chapter 47
 Chapter 46
 Chapter 45
 Chapter 44
 Chapter 43
 Chapter 42
 Chapter 41
 Chapter 40
 Part 39
 Part 38
 Part 37
 Part 36
 Part 35
 Part 34
 Part 33
 Part 32
 Part 31
 Part 30
 Part 29
 Part 28
 Part 27
 Part 26
 Part 25
 Part 24
 Part 23
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 Part 21
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 Part 18
 Part 17
 Part 16
 Part 15
 Part 14
 Part 13
 Part 12
 Part 11
 Part 10
 Part 9
 Part 8
 Part 7
 Part 6
 Part 5
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 Part 3
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