Page:The White Peacock, Lawrence, 1911.djvu/33
DANGLING THE APPLE
“Don’t you?” he replied, smiling shamefaced.
“Of course. Come and turn over for me while I play this piece. Well, I’ll nod when you must turn—bring a chair.”
She began to play a romance of Schubert’s. He leaned nearer to her to take hold of the leaf of music; she felt her loose hair touch his face, and turned to him a quick, laughing glance, while she played. At the end of the page she nodded, but he was oblivious; “Yes!” she said, suddenly impatient, and he tried to get the leaf over; she quickly pushed his hand aside, turned the page herself and continued playing.
“Sorry!” said he, blushing actually.
“Don’t bother,” she said, continuing to play without observing him. When she had finished:
“There!” she said, “now tell me how you felt while I was playing.”
“Oh—a fool!”—he replied, covered with confusion.
“I’m glad to hear it,” she said—“but I didn’t mean that. I meant how did the music make you feel?”
“I don’t know—whether—it made me feel anything,” he replied deliberately, pondering over his answer, as usual.
“I tell you,” she declared, “you’re either asleep or stupid. Did you really see nothing in the music? But what did you think about?”
He laughed—and thought awhile—and laughed again.“Why!” he admitted, laughing, and trying to tell the exact truth, “I thought how pretty your hands