The Secret Adversary
28. And After
"THAT was a mighty good toast, Jane," said Mr. Hersheimmer, as he and his cousin were
being driven back in the Rolls-Royce to the Ritz.
"The one to the joint venture?"
"No--the one to you. There isn't another girl in the world who could have carried it
through as you did. You were just wonderful! "
Jane shook her head.
"I don't feel wonderful. At heart I'm just tired and lonesome--and longing for my own
"That brings me to something I wanted to say. I heard the Ambassador telling you his
wife hoped you would come to them at the Embassy right away. That's good enough, but
I've got another plan. Jane--I want you to marry me! Don't get scared and say no at once.
You can't love me right away, of course, that's impossible. But I've loved you from the
very moment I set eyes on your photo--and now I've seen you I'm simply crazy about
you! If you'll only marry me, I won't worry you any--you shall take your own time.
Maybe you'll never come to love me, and if that's the case I'll manage to set you free. But
I want the right to look after you, and take care of you."
"That's what I want," said the girl wistfully. "Some one who'll be good to me. Oh, you
don't know how lonesome I feel!"
"Sure thing I do. Then I guess that's all fixed up, and I'll see the archbishop about a
special license to-morrow morning."
"Well, I don't want to hustle you any, Jane, but there's no sense in waiting about. Don't be
scared--I shan't expect you to love me all at once."
But a small hand was slipped into his.
"I love you now, Julius," said Jane Finn. "I loved you that first moment in the car when
the bullet grazed your cheek...."
Five minutes later Jane murmured softly:
"I don't know London very well, Julius, but is it such a very long way from the Savoy to