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The million pound banknote

In less than twenty-four hours London was abuzz! I hadn't anything to do, day after day, but sit at home, and say to all comers 'Yes; I told him to use my name. I know the man, and I know the mine. His character is above reproach, and the mine is worth far more than he asks for it.'

Meantime I spent all my evenings at the ambassador's with Portia. I didn't say a word to her about the mine; I saved it for a surprise. We talked salary; never anything but salary and love; sometimes love, sometimes salary, sometimes love and salary together.