replied Edina, drawing Alice to her side and keeping her arm round her.
"What were you thinking about?"
"Of many things. Chiefly about you and Charley. You both seem so changed."
"And not for the better."
Alice laughed. She was nearly eighteen now, and very pretty. Her head was lifted with a conscious air: she played with one of the lilac bows on her white dress.
"I know what you mean, Edina: you heard mamma telling me this morning that I was growing vain."
"No, I did not hear her." But Edina said no more just then.
"Is Mr. Stane often here?" she asked, presently.
"Oh—yes—pretty often," replied Alice with a vivid blush. "He and Charles are good friends. And—and he lives near us, you know."