Audrey had found something to do at last. It was Captain Sloane who had given
her the idea.
"You would make a great hit, Audrey," he had said. "It's your voice, you know.
There's something about it - well, you know the effect it always has on me. No?
All right, I'll be good."
But she had carried the idea home with her, and had proceeded, with her
customary decision, to act on it.
Then, one day in May, she was surprised by a visit from Delight Haverford. She
had come home, tired and rather depressed, to find the Haverford car at the
door, and Delight waiting for her in her sitting-room.
Audrey's acquaintance with Delight had been rather fragmentary, but it had
covered a long stretch of time. So, if she was surprised, it was not greatly when
Delight suddenly kissed her. She saw then that the girl had brought her some
spring flowers, and the little tribute touched her.
"What a nice child you are!" she said, and standing before the mirror proceeded
to take off her hat. Before her she could see the reflection of Delight's face, and
her own tired, slightly haggard eyes.
"And how unutterably old you make me look!" she added, smiling.
"You are too lovely for words, Mrs. Valentine."
Audrey patted her hair into order, and continued her smiling inspection of the
"And now we have exchanged compliments," she said, "we will have some tea,
and then you shall tell me what you are so excited about."
"I am excited; I - "
"Let's have the tea first."
Audrey's housekeeping was still rather casual. Tidiness of Natalie's meticulous
order would always be beyond her, but after certain frantic searches for what was
needed, she made some delicious tea.
"Order was left out of me, somehow," she complained. "Or else things move
about when I'm away. I'm sure it is that, because I certainly never put the sugar
behind my best hat. Now - let's have it."
Delight was only playing with her tea. She flushed delicately, and put the cup
"I was in the crowd this morning," she said.
"In the crowd? Oh, my crowd!"
"I see," said Audrey, thoughtfully. "I make a dreadful speech, you know."
"I thought you were wonderful. And, when those men promised to enlist, I cried. I
was horribly ashamed. But you were splendid."
"I wonder!" said Audrey, growing grave. Delight was astonished to see that there
were tears in her eyes. "I do it because it is all I can do, and of course they must
go. But some times at night - you see, my dear, some of them are going to be