"I don't do it!" I sobbed in despair; "I don't save or shield them! It's far worse than I dreamed--they're lost!" VIII What I had said to Mrs. He was neither flattered nor confused, but simply wished the banter to end. On reaching the house I had never so much as looked for the boy; I had simply gone straight to my room to change what I was wearing and to take in, at a glance, much material testimony to Flora's rupture. All dreaded it, all sought to avert it.