When you have taken the Devil for partner
The guests were ready to leave. Erling was in his room at Old Venhaug, packing. Felicia came in.
"Erling, I know I should never beg you—but it's inhuman never to break a principle."
He stood waiting, his face expressionless.
Felicia knew she must not touch him now; he turned stiff as a post when she tried to persuade him with caresses.
"We know each other, Erling, and you know yourself."
Her voice broke.
"Don't go to Oslo now, Erling. Stay here a day or two, Erling dear. You know what will happen if you go."
Tears stood in her eyes. Erling looked away; she was not in the habit of using tears as a weapon.
She dared not even look at him, fearful of the least mistake.[p. 260]
"Only a day or two, Erling, then I'll drive you to Lier."
He waited a moment, then picked up his things from the traveling bag and put them in order on the dresser. He said, with his back to her, "All right, Felicia."
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