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1  "Discussing the cesspool," said Mr. Oliver.
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2  "She walks in beauty like the night," he quoted.
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3  I remember," the old man interrupted, "my mother.
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4  There were the graves in the churchyard to prove it.
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5  At the tennis party she had felt this, and at the Bazaar.
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6  Mrs. Haines was aware of the emotion circling them, excluding her.
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7  The county council had promised to bring water to the village, but they hadn't.
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8  She waited, as one waits for the strain of an organ to die out before leaving church.
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9  Her family, she told the old man in the arm-chair, had lived near Liskeard for many centuries.
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10  It was over sixty years ago, he told them, that his mother had given him the works of Byron in that very room.
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11  It was a summer's night and they were talking, in the big room with the windows open to the garden, about the cesspool.
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12  It was a daylight bird, chuckling over the substance and succulence of the day, over worms, snails, grit, even in sleep.
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13  In the car going home to the red villa in the cornfields, she would destroy it, as a thrush pecks the wings off a butterfly.
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14  Allowing ten seconds to intervene, she rose; paused; and then, as if she had heard the last strain die out, offered Mrs. Giles Oliver her hand.
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15  But his snow-white breast was circled with a tangle of dirty duckweed; and she too, in her webbed feet was entangled, by her husband, the stockbroker.
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16  The old man in the arm-chair--Mr. Oliver, of the Indian Civil Service, retired--said that the site they had chosen for the cesspool was, if he had heard aright, on the Roman road.
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17  From an aeroplane, he said, you could still see, plainly marked, the scars made by the Britons; by the Romans; by the Elizabethan manor house; and by the plough, when they ploughed the hill to grow wheat in the Napoleonic wars.
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