"The woman's jealous of her: that's all the trouble!"
"Oh!" said Hilary; "that's all the trouble?"
Thyme murmured: "I don't see a bit why Uncle Hilary should bother. If they will be so horrid--I didn't think the poor were like that. I didn't think they had it in them. I'm sure the girl isn't worth it, or the woman either!"
"I didn't say they were," growled Martin. "It's a question of what's healthy."
Hilary looked from one of his young companions to the other.
"I see," he said. "I thought perhaps the matter was more delicate."
"Ah, your precious delicacy! What's the good of that? What did it ever do? It's the curse that you're all suffering from. Why don't you act? You could think about it afterwards."
A flush came into Hilary's sallow cheeks.