The Kingdom of the Blind
In a way, their meeting the next morning was fortuitous enough, yet it had also its
significance for both of them. Geraldine's greeting was almost studiously formal.
"You are not going to scold me for my memory, are you?" Captain Granet asked, looking
down at her with a faintly humorous uplifting of the eyebrows. "I must have exercise, you
"I don't even remember telling you that I came into the Park in the mornings," Geraldine
"You didn't--that is to say you didn't mention the Park particularly," he admitted. "You
told me you always took these five dogs out for a walk directly after breakfast, and for
the rest I used my intelligence."
"I might have gone into Regent's Park or St. James' Park," she reminded him.
"In which case," he observed, "I should have walked up and down until I had had enough
of it, and then gone away in a bad temper."
"Don't be foolish," she laughed. "I decline absolutely to believe that you had a single
thought of me when you turned in here. Do you mind if I say that I prefer not to believe
He accepted the reproof gracefully.
"Well, since we do happen to have met," he suggested, "might I walk with you a little
way? You see," he went on, "it's rather dull hobbling along here all alone."
"Of course you may, if you like," she assented, glancing sympathetically at his stick.
"How is your leg getting on?"
"It's better--getting on finely. So far as my leg is concerned, I believe I shall be fit to go
out again within ten days. It's my arm that bothers me a little. One of the nerves, the
doctor said, must be wrong. I can only just lift it. You've no idea," he went on, "how a
game leg and a trussed-up arm interfere with the little round of one's daily life. I can't
ride, can't play golf or billiards, and for an unintelligent chap like me," he wound up with
a sigh, "there aren't a great many other ways of passing the time."
"Why do you call yourself unintelligent?" she protested. "You couldn't have got through
your soldiering so well if you had been."