Two months passed, and the Senior Subaltern still educated The Worm, who began to move about a little more as the hot weather came on.
The Senior Subaltern was so pleased with getting his Company and his acceptance at the same time that he forgot to bother The Worm.
The Senior Subaltern had been holding forth on the merits of the girl he was engaged to, and the ladies were purring approval, while the men yawned, when there was a rustle of skirts in the dark, and a tired, faint voice lifted itself:
Then the voice cried:--"Oh, Lionel!" Lionel was the Senior Subaltern's name.
Things seemed black indeed, and the Captains' wives peered under their eyebrows at the Senior Subaltern, and the Colonel's face set like the Day of Judgment framed in gray bristles, and no one spoke for a while.
The Senior Subaltern was half choked with the arms round his neck, but he gasped out:--"It's a d d lie!
She stood up in the middle of us all, sometimes choking with crying, then hard and proud, and then holding out her arms to the Senior Subaltern.
I shall never forget the indictment of the Senior Subaltern by his wife.
She stood up and sneered at the Senior Subaltern for a cur, and abused the Major and the Colonel and all the rest.
Letterblair looked at him from under enquiring eyebrows, and the young man, aware of the uselessness of trying to explain what was in his mind, bowed acquiescently while his senior
continued: "Divorce is always unpleasant."