By Betty Neels
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She had been there for almost half an hour when she glanced at the clock. `I must go. It's been such fun and I quite forgot the time. ' She gave a little trill of laughter. ' She put on her coat and spent a few moments examining her face in her little mirror. She added a little lipstick and went down to the hall with Coralie. Saying goodbye was a leisurely affair, too, but the butler had opened the door and she hurried out into the blinding snow. The doctor had the door open for her. He leaned across to shut it as she got in and asked in a quiet voice, 'What kept you, Sybil?
Jolly, disturbed by the Professor's withdrawn manner, gave it as his opinion that he should go to his cottage. `You've got a bit of free time,' he pointed out. 'Go and see Mrs Willett. She's always complaining that she doesn't see enough of you. ' The Professor went home on Friday evening -with the pleasant knowledge that he had two days of peace and quiet to look forward to. Sybil had said that she would be away for the weekend and he planned to leave early on Saturday morning. He ate a splendid dinner and went to his study; there was plenty of work for him on his desk.
I'm so bored. ' When he looked at her, she added, 'Oh, darling, don't look like that. ' She had a lovely smile, so he smiled back and went in search of their hostess. Having got her own way, Sybil was at her most charming self, keeping up amusing talk as they drove back to London. As he slowed through Nether Ditchling she said with a laugh, 'Oh, this is the place where we talked to that plain girl with the sausages. What a dull life she must lead. Shall we be back in time to have dinner together somewhere I can dress up?
An Ordinary Girl by Betty Neels