''They walked slowly down the street at about ten in the evening, talking calmly. They were about thirty-five, both eminently sober. ''but why so early?'' said smith ' your first night out in years and you go home at ten o'clock''. '' Nerves I suppose ''.
'' why its a ticket for Rio on the Thursday rocket!'' '' yes I am finally going to make it .'' Braling smiled nervously. '' she wont know I'm gone. I'll be back in a month and no one the other wiser, except you.'' Now, would you like to know my secret?'' How I made it out this evening?'' ''Will you really tell?'' ''Look up there!'' A man with about thirty-five years old.'' Why is that you!'' No, no said smith.'' '' its a marionette.
There layed Nettie, pale, huge, and piously asleep. '' Dear Nettie.'' He was overwhelmed with remorse at her innocent face there in the semidarkness. ''If you were awake you would smother me with kisses and coo in my ear. Then tears came to his eyes. Suddenly he wished to kiss her, confess his love, tear up the card, forget the whole business. But as he moved to do this, his hand ached and his ribs cracked and groaned.
He rechecked the bankbook franticlly. ''Hold on Here!'' he cried. ''Ten thousand dollars is missing!'' He leaped up. he stormed into the bedroom, righteous and indignant. whar did she mean, taking their money like this? He bent over her. ''Nettie, Nettie, wake up!'' she did not stir. ''what have you done with my money!'' He bellowed.
As smith walked away down the avenue in the night, Braling and Braling two turned in at the door into the apartment. Well its the cellar box for you, B-two''. Braling guided braling two to the stairs cellar. Braling two said '' i don't like the cellar'', I don't like the tool box''. ''And another thing . your wife''. ''I've grown quite fond of her''. '' I think i'm in love with her''.
''Th-that's nice ''. Braling strolled casually as he could to the cellar door. ''You wont mind waiting a moment,