"Would you-would you like me to come too, Hilary?"
"It's very good of you," said Hilary dryly. "My actions appear to rouse suspicions."
"Oh, that's absurd! Still, no one could think anything if I come with you. Hilary, have you thought that if she continues coming to Father---"
"I shall tell her that she mustn't!"
Cecilia's heart gave two thumps, the first with pleasure, the second with sympathy.
"It will be horrid for you," she said. "You hate doing anything of that sort."
"But I'm afraid it's the only way," went on Cecilia, rather hastily. "And, of course, it will be no good saying anything to Father; one must simply let him suppose that she has got tired of it."
"He will think it very funny,", murmured Cecilia pensively. "Oh, and have you thought that taking her away from where she is will only make those people talk the more?"