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PART III - CHAPTER V
THE DOMINANT MOTIF OF SUFFERING

We occupied a large, two-bedded room, that looked down the hill and over to the far woods of Kent. He was morose and untalkative. I brought up a soda-syphon and whisky, and we proceeded to undress. When he stood in his pyjamas he waited as if uncertain.
`Do you want a drink?' he asked.
I did not. He crossed to the table, and as I got into my bed I heard the brief fizzing of the siphon. He drank his glass at one draught, then switched off the light. In the sudden darkness I saw his pale shadow go across to the sofa in the window-space. The blinds were undrawn, and the stars looked in. He gazed out on the great bay of darkness wherein, far away and below, floated a few sparks of lamps like herring boats at sea.
'Aren't you coming to bed?' I asked.
'I 'm not sleepy-you go to sleep,' he answered, resenting having to speak at all.
`Then put on a dressing-gown-there 's one in that corner -turn the light on.'
He did not answer, but fumbled for the garment in the darkness. When he had found it, he said:
'Do you mind if I smoke?'
I did not. He fumbled again in his pockets for cigarettes, always refusing to switch on the light. I watched his face bowed to the match as he lighted his cigarette. He was still handsome in the ruddy light, but his features were coarser. I felt very sorry for him, but I saw that I could get no nearer to him, to relieve him. For some time I lay in the darkness watching the end of his cigarette like a ruddy, malignant insect hovering near his lips, putting the timid stars immensely far away. He sat quite still, leaning on the sofa-arm. Occasionally there was a little glow an his cheeks as the cigarette burned brighter, then again I could see nothing but the dull red bee.
I suppose I must have dropped asleep. Suddenly I started as something fell to the floor. I heard him cursing under his breath.
`What's the matter?' I asked.
`I 've only knocked something down-cigarette case or something,' he replied, apologetically.
'Aren't you coming to bed?' I asked.

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