His every thought was loyal to the woman whom he knew was not for him, but he longed for the companionship of his own kind and so welcomed the friendship of such as Joan de Tany and her fair guest.
She might have warned him had she known the truth, but instead she let things drift except for a single word of warning to Joan de Tany.
Be careful of thy heart, Joan," she said, "lest it be getting away from thee into the keeping of one who seems to love no less quickly than he forgets.
Instead she put her arms about Joan and kissed her.
And in the midst of these alarms it entered the willful head of Joan de Tany that she wished to ride to London town and visit the shops of the merchants.
Why, he wondered, could Joan never for one moment detach her mind from the details of domestic life?
Joan brushed her brother's head with her hand as she passed him, murmured good night, and left the room.
I grant that precaution is necessary in dealing with them," Joan
agreed; "but I believe that more satisfactory results can be obtained by treating them with discreet kindness and gentleness.
There is a paper over here," said the grim Miss Joan, in a somewhat singular voice.
An instant afterwards that pontiff, in his splendid sweeping draperies, had crossed the room in two great strides, and was towering over Joan Stacey, his blue eyes standing from his head.
That is the only thing on her desk," said Joan, and confronted him steadily with the same smile of evil favour.
As you have truly remarked," replied Joan, with ugly calm, "your clerk is a very respectable young man, who knows the nature of an oath; and he will swear in any court that I was up in your office arranging some typewriting work for five minutes before and five minutes after my sister fell.