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“Is he so very rich?” she asked.

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“He has a few millions,” said he. “And I suppose he is turning them over very rapidly. People say that he is a daring speculator.”

“A speculator!” exclaimed Lucy. “Why, I thought that he was the president of a bank!”

“When you have been in New York awhile,” said Montague, with a smile, “you will realise that there is nothing incompatible in the two.”

Lucy was silent, a little staggered at the remark. “I am told,” Montague added, with a smile, “that even Ryder's wife won't keep her money in the Gotham Trust.”

Montague had not anticipated the effect of this remark. Lucy gave a sudden start. “His wife!” she exclaimed.

“Why, yes,” said Montague. “Didn't you know that he was married?”

“No,” said Lucy, in a low voice. “I did not.”

There was a long silence. Finally she asked, “Why was not his wife invited to the dinner?”

“They seldom go out together,” said Montague.

“Have they separated?” she asked.

“There is a new and fashionable kind of separation,” was the answer. “They live in opposite sides of a large mansion, and meet on formal occasions.”

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“What sort of a woman is she?” asked Lucy,

“I don't know anything about her,” he replied.

There was a silence again. Finally Montague said, “There is no cause to be sorry for him, you understand.”

And Lucy touched his hand lightly with hers.

“That's all right, Allan,” she said. “Don't worry. I am not apt to make the same mistake twice.”

It seemed to Montague that there was nothing to be said after that.