thes you—yes, and the sight of you, and your very name!”
So I drew blood for blood; and for an instant I thought he was going to make an end of it by incontinently killing me himself. His fists flew out. Had I been a whole man on my legs, he took care to tell me what he would have done, and to drive it home with a mouthful of the oaths which were conspicuously absent 杭州留下发廊一条街在哪里 from his ordinary talk.
“You take advantage of your weakness, like any cur,” he wound up.
“And you of your strength—like the young bully you are!” I retorted.
“You do your best to make me one,” he answered bitterly. “I try to stand by you at all costs. I want to make amends to you, I want to prevent a crime. Yet there you lie and set your face against a compromise; and there you lie and taunt me with the thing that’s gall and 杭州倾城会所
wormwood to me already. I know I gave you provocation. And I know I’m rightly served. Why do you suppose I went into this accursed thing at all? Not for the gold, my boy, but for the girl! So she won’t look at me. And it serves me right. But—I say—do you really think she loathes me, Cole?”
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“I don’t see it,” said I. “You say you didn’t go in for the gold? Then give up your share; the others’ll jump at it; and Eva won’t think the worse of you, at any rate.”
“But what’s to become of her if I drop out?
“You and I will take her to her friends, or wherever she wants to go.”
“No, no!” he cried. “I never yet deserted my pals, and I’m not going to begin.”
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I sat up in my eagerness. I saw him waver. And for one instant a great hope fluttered in my heart. But his teeth met. His face darkened. He shook his head.
“That’s the kind of rot that isn’t worth talking, and you ought to know it,” said he. “When I begin a thing I go through with it, though it lands me in hell, as this one will. I can’t help that. It’s too late to go back. I’m going on and you’re going with me, Cole, like a sensible chap!”
I shook my head.
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