"Do you mean he's a stranger?" "Oh, very much!" "Yet you didn't tell me?" "No--for reasons. It kills the body and it kills the soul. Removing the burden of expense and jealousy, which must always accrue from a keen rivalry, is one of the most effective methods of diminishing that unreasonable hysteria and misunderstanding which are the most potent means of fomenting war. Yet in the very pang of the effort I felt it vain to try sternness, and I heard myself the next instant so gentle as to be almost grotesque.