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came to her, this disturbing and unsought revelation, one evening in May, when Rex had told her he would be busy at the House, and, driving by chance down Charles Street, she saw him leaving what she knew to be Brenda Champion’s house. She was so hurt and angry that she could barely keep up appearances through dinner; as soon as she could, she went Home and cried bitterly for ten minutes; then she felt hungry, wished she had eaten more at dinner, ordered some bread-and-milk, and went to bed saying:
‘When Mr Mottram telephones in the morning, whatever time it is, say I am not to be disturbed.’
Next day she breakfasted in bed as usual, read the papers, telephoned to her friends.
Finally she asked: ‘Did Mr Mottram ring up by any chance?’