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"I don't want you," he said.
"Liar," she said.
"You're so conceited," he said, turning away. "You, Miss Vestal Virgin Grenville, think you know everything. You didn't even know how to kiss until I taught you."
"I don't recollect begging for the lesson," she said.
"And so you conclude you're irresistible."
"To you, yes. I should like to know what else I should [cont'd]
"Very well, have it your way," she said. "I'm not going to beg you. And perhaps, after all, it would be wrong of me to ask. The venture would be far too dangerous for you."
She turned and moved to the hackney. She said something in a low voice to the driver. While she exchanged secrets with him, her shawl slipped further.
Vere swore under his breath.
He knew he was being manipulated. [cont'd]
"All you had to do was smile," he said. "And bat your eyelashes and thrust your bosom in his face, and Crenshaw would have done whatever you wanted."She gazed at him unblinking for the longest time. Then, from a hidden pocket in her black skirts' heavy folds, she fished out a small notebook and a stump of a pencil.
"I had better write this down," she said. "I do not want to lose one priceless [cont'd]