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Chapter XIV
The next morning Drusilla was at breakfast when she heard the chug-chug of a
motor. Mrs. Carrington's card was brought in; but before she could say to William
that she would see her visitor, the happy laughing face of Mrs. Carrington looked
in at the door.
"May I come in? I am sure you will see me."
Drusilla rose with a smile on her sweet old face, and extended her hand.
"Yes, do. You're just in time to have a cup of good coffee with me."
"Am I so early? I motored down with Robert this morning and felt that I must stop
and see you on the way home."
"No, you're not early at all; but I'm gettin' lazy in my old age. I git up early in the
mornin' and have some coffee and then go and see all my babies. I like to see
'em git their bath, and then I help dress 'em. Then I come back and have my real
breakfast. Now, you set right there, so's the sun'll shine on you, and William'll git
another cup and plate."
"But I have had my breakfast."
"Pshaw, one can always drink coffee in the mornin'. And you've been clear down
Mrs. Carrington settled herself comfortably in her chair, threw back her coat, and
smiled across at Drusilla.
"Yes, I've taken Robert down town the first time for more than a year. Oh, it
seemed just like old times to take him to his office again."
Drusilla looked at her smilingly.
"Well, it seems to have made you pert-lookin' this mornin'. Your face is a-shinin'.
Do you take one lump or two? Cream? Is that the right color? I'm particular about
the color of my coffee."
"Yes, that's just right. It smells delicious," said Mrs. Carrington, taking the cup.
"No, I won't have anything to eat. Well--I don't know whether I can resist those
hot rolls. Just a half of one, then. Is that honey? I ought not to eat sweets--I know
my fate if I do; but I can't resist hot rolls and honey."
She was quiet for a few moments. Then she looked up at Drusilla and said, half
hesitatingly, "I presume you are wondering why I have come to make this early
morning visit, Miss Doane?"
"No; I ain't wonderin' at all. I'm just glad you come."
"Well," and Mrs. Carrington laughed happily, "I'm so happy I just had to talk to
some one. You know I have not been to see you before, because I expected to
go to France next month for--for a--for rather an extended trip. And I thought
there was no use in calling when I was going away so soon."
"Yes; I heard you was goin' away," Drusilla said.
Mrs. Carrington looked up quickly.
"Oh, did you? I didn't know that people knew it. Who told you?"
"The circulatin' family story-paper," laughed Drusilla, "Miss Lee."
Mrs. Carrington frowned for a moment; then she laughed.