He dosed himself with chlorodyne, took his own pulse, smoked a thermometer, and lay back on the couch
with a suppressed groan.
Placing the card on the couch
at her side, she pointed with her long yellow-white forefinger to the printed letter lying side by side with her own letter on Mercy's lap.
Come and sit on the couch all the same," she said after a moment of hesitation.
I sat down on the couch and for a long time no word passed between us.
It's abominable," I murmured to the still, idol-like shadow on the couch.
He was aware from the sounds that the two had entered the alcove, and, prompted by a desire to know what manner of man he might next have to contend with, he slightly parted the heavy folds that hid the two from his view and looking out saw them sitting on the couch
with their arms about each other, the girl with the same expressionless smile upon her face that she had vouchsafed him.