Well, send him about his business when he bores you, Edna
," instructed her husband as he prepared to leave.
It happened that they had made the acquaintance of two young ladies in employment in Clapham, Miss Flossie Bright and Miss Edna Bunthorne, and it was resolved therefore to make a cheerful little cyclist party of four into the heart of Kent, and to picnic and spend an indolent afternoon and evening among the trees and bracken between Ashford and Maidstone.
Edna wore a brown straw hat with poppies, that suited her admirably, and sat in the trailer like a queen, and the eight-year-old motor-bicycle ran like a thing of yesterday.
I thought they did them at Easter," said Edna, and troubled no more.
For the sake of merriment and glory he was making this sound as much as possible, and Edna was in fits of laughter in the trailer.
Whereupon Bert and Edna also scrabbled in the road-grit.
Disastrous business enterprises had burdened his acres and forced his two girls, Edna and Letty, into doing something for themselves.
I hadn't looked at it in that light," Edna conceded.
I'll make it my business to find out," Edna assured her; "and I'll let you know inside forty-eight hours.
I--I hardly understand," Edna said, for his suggestion conveyed no meaning to her.
They both rose to their feet, Edna quite carried away by his enthusiasm and his quick, jerky sentences, bristling with the things she wanted to know.
He knew that there had been unpleasantness between England and the United States in seventeen-something and again in eighteen-something, but that things had eventually been straightened out by Miss Edna
May and her fellow missionaries of the Belle of New York Company, since which time there had been no more trouble.