" "Then why didn't you get her off before?" "Before what?" "Before she became too ill to travel. A bird twittered; two birds, three. Wells turned to the other fellows and said: --O, I say, here's a fellow says he kisses his mother every night before he goes to bed. It surprised him however to find that at the end of his course of intricate piety and self-restraint he was so easily at the mercy of childish and unworthy imperfections.