THE WINDOWmust refuse him. This going off after luncheonfor a walk, even though Andrew was with them—what could it mean? except that she had decided,rightly, Mrs. Ramsay thought (and she was very,very fond of Minta), to accept that good fellow,who might not be brilliant, but then, thought Mrs.Ramsay, HB: Blue pencil mark possibly indicating page break in the American edition. realising that James was tugging at her,she must goVW: “go” is crossed out by mistake.tomakeher VW: Line indicates point of insertion. —peter.shillingsburgon reading aloud the Fisherman andhis Wife, she did in her own heart infinitely preferboobies to clever men who wrote dissertations.;Charles Tansleyforinstance.talked too much about his dis-sertations. It must have happened, one way orthe other, by now.

But she read, “Next morning the wife awokefirst, and it was just daybreak, and from her bedshe saw the beautiful country lying before her.Her husband was still stretching himself. . . .”

But how could Minta say now that she wouldnot have him? Not if she agreed to spend wholeafternoons trapesing about the country alone—HB Pencil mark; possibly a compositor’s indication of a starting point for typesettingfor Andrew would be off after his crabs—butpossibly Nancy was with them. She tried to recallthe sight of them standing at the hall door afterlunch. There they stood, looking at the sky,wondering about the weather, and she had said,thinking partly to cover their shyness, partly toencourage them to be off (for her sympathies werewith Paul),89
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