"She left her dressing-bag, if that's anything," said Dowson gloomily.
Do you know that thing of Dowson's: 'I have been faithful to thee, Cynara, in my fashion'?
For a moment Dowson quailed before her tone; but he rallied bravely.
Dowson died obscure in 1900, one of the finest of modern minor poets.
Mrs. Dowson, past speech, sank back in her chair and stared at him.
Dr. Dowson took the papers and put in some time frowning at them.
"How kind-hearted you are, Miss Toni," said Mr. Dowson admiringly as she slipped into her seat beside him.
"I might say that we are beginning to understand his illness," Dr. Dowson said.
Mr. Dowson moved a step forward and then gave an involuntary jump as Jock growled mildly, under his breath as it were.
But you know, Toni, you could got Mr. Dowson any minute if you tried!