A letter and some printed matter fell out. She picked up the printed matter first. It was a page proof of a book,墙式📱 containing a dedication to herself. She read it with a queer feeling,图片🌟 but her apathy had gone.
Claudia came up and caught the last words.
Lady Currey had brought her husband a considerable sum of money,墙式🆗 but the only thing for which she needed money was to gratify her craze for old china. If she had any heart or soul it was given to her specimens of priceless Ming and old Chelsea. She spent hours every day dusting her cabinets. Her only idea of travel was the opportunity it gave her for visiting museums and picking up bargains in rare porcelain.
When Claudia went downstairs,墙式💪 relieved that the news had been broken,墙式Ⓜ she found the book had arrived that Colin Paton had promised to obtain for her. She cut the string and dipped into it. It was a volume of essays that he had mentioned to her and that she had expressed a desire to read. Colin Paton never forgot things.
The others laughed,图片📕 and Richards came in with the coffee.
Claudia looked attentively at her sister. For the first time it flashed across her that the baffling thing about Pat was that so far she was quite sexless. She had been eager to come out for the fun of the dancing and the parties,墙式📎 but she had never had that shy anticipation of love that makes so many girls of eighteen eager to be presented. The books she read as a child were always stirring adventure stories,墙式📌 travels and records of real achievements. Fairy-tales with the all-conquering prince had bored her,墙式🐁 all except the passages that dealt with sanguinary fights and treasure-trove. Later on she had read one or two famous French romances out of curiosity,图片🚤 but they had failed to make any appeal whatever. Her enthusiasms,图片🐾 her outbursts of passion,墙式🚨 her thrills,图片🚌 were reserved for golf and hockey,墙式🐤 and she had once said that the greatest and most satisfying moments of life to her were when she was on the back of her favourite horse,墙式📗 following the hounds. She liked men. Indeed,图片🐴 on the whole,图片💆 she preferred them to women,墙式🌓 but only because they were better and more vigorous sportsmen and less liable to be petty and jealous. As Claudia surveyed her she realized that she neither could give nor did she wish to proffer advice. Pat must face her own problem. Before her marriage she would have rushed in where experience fears to tread,图片✳ and talked to Pat of the joys of love,墙式😵 of the folly of the woman who disdained or belittled what man could offer. Now all her landmarks were gone. She had messed up her own life. All she could do was to listen and reflect what an awful muddle and enigma life was for women,墙式😽 and wonder why Providence had given them no chart to steer by.