Come home with me, Oliver, and you shall hear. My little Florette's clothes are wet, and I must take her home immediately. 鈥楾here are those vacant colours in G company,鈥?she said, displaying a curiously intimate acquaintance with regimental news. Good-morning, Mr. Graham, said Oliver, with a great show of politeness. "I am sorry you will have a lonely ride." I am here, said Oliver briefly. 色姑娘,一本道高无码字幕在线 But back in the 鈥?0s, the most respected voice in running began expressing some doubts about allthat foot twisting. Dr. George Sheehan was a cardiologist whose essays on the beauty of runninghad made him the philosopher-king of the marathon set, and he came up with the notion thatexcessive pronation might be the cause of runner鈥檚 knee. He was both right and very, very wrong. 鈥淵o soy El Mono!鈥?he announced. 鈥淭he Monkey!鈥?Hang on, Barefoot Ted thought; do they evenhave monkeys in Mexico? Maybe the Tarahumara don鈥檛 know what a mono is. Just in case, hebegan hooting and scratching like a chimp, his ankle bells jingling and the sleeves of his redraincoat flapping in his face, somehow thinking that impersonating a thing they鈥檇 never heard ofwould let them know what that thing was. Letitia was, however, much more civil to Ernest now. There may be many subtle reasons for such sudden changes of demeanour. Major Cavendish-Diggle was perhaps not remotely connected with Letitia鈥檚. He was Ernest鈥檚 bosom friend; what if he presently developed into a friend and admirer of her own? Letitia was not exactly ill-favored, but she was certainly not a beauty in the strict sense of the term. Dark complexioned and thin lipped, but with a nose too sharp, and cheek bones too high, her face was not strikingly attractive to say the least of it; and the fact was being gradually borne in upon her, as she grew on in years, by the slackness with which suitors sought her hand. Major Cavendish-Diggle was one of the first who showed better taste. Why should not men admire her? She had a neat well-proportioned figure. Her eyes were good, of the deep brown piercing order; her dark hair was abundant and rich. She was a good talker, had all the accomplishments of a well-educated young lady, and a large share of that indescribable air of good breeding, of that perfect ease in manner and thorough savoir faire, which are only to be seen in women of good station鈥攁ll of which Diggle felt would be extremely becoming in a colonel鈥檚 or general officer鈥檚 wife. If the thin lips and fierce eyes foretold a vixenish temper when thwarted, or if the world went wrong with her, these were bad points still in embryo, little likely to deter so matter of fact a wooer as Diggle from prosecuting his suit. In those long night watches, sometimes in solitude, Martin Disney had ample leisure in which to ponder upon his wedded life, and to consider how far the hopes with which he had entered upon that life had been realized. The retrospect left him melancholy, and with a latent sense of loss and dis[Pg 132]appointment; and yet he told himself again and again that he did ill to be dissatisfied, that Providence had dealt kindly with him.