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"Love Stories "

"Love Stories "

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http://www.ebooksread.com/THE WORKS OFMARY ROBERTS RINEHARTLOVE STORIESTHE REVIEW OF REVIEWS COMPANYPublishers NEW YORKPUBLISHED BY ARRANGEMENTWITH GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY.Copyright, 1919, By George H. Doran CompanyCopyright, 1912, 1913, 1916, by the Curtis Publishing CompanyCopyright, 1912, by The McClure Publications, Inc.Copyright, 1917, by The Metropolitan Magazine Co.CONTENTSITWENTY-TWOIIJANEIIIIN THE PAVILIONIVGOD'S FOOLVTHE MIRACLEVI"ARE WE DOWNHEARTED? NO!"VIITHE GAMELOVE STORIESTWENTY-TWOI
 
The Probationer's name was really Nella Jane Brown, but she wasentered in the training school as N. Jane Brown. However, she meantwhen she was accepted to be plain Jane Brown. Not, of course, thatshe could ever be really plain.People on the outside of hospitals have a curious theory aboutnurses, especially if they are under twenty. They believe that theyhave been disappointed in love. They never think that they mayintend to study medicine later on, or that they may think nursing isa good and honourable career, or that they may really like to carefor the sick.The man in this story had the theory very hard.When he opened his eyes after the wall of the warehouse dropped, N.Jane Brown was sitting beside him. She had been practising countingpulses on him, and her eyes were slightly upturned and very earnest.There was a strong odour of burnt rags in the air, and the mansniffed. Then he put a hand to his upper lip--the right hand. Shewas holding his left."Did I lose anything besides this?" he inquired. His littlemoustache was almost entirely gone. A gust of fire had accompaniedthe wall."Your eyebrows," said Jane Brown.The man--he was as young for a man as Jane Brown was for anurse--the man lay quite still for a moment. Then:"I'm sorry to undeceive you," he said. "But my right leg is off."He said it lightly, because that is the way he took things. But hehad a strange singing in his ears."I'm afraid it's broken. But you still have it." She smiled. She hada very friendly smile. "Have you any pain anywhere?"He was terribly afraid she would go away and leave him, so, althoughhe was quite comfortable, owing to a hypodermic he had had, hegroaned slightly. He was, at that time, not particularly interestedin Jane Brown, but he did not want to be alone. He closed his eyesand said feebly:"Water!"She gave him a teaspoonful, bending over him and being careful notto spill it down his neck. Her uniform crackled when she moved. Ithad rather too much starch in it.
 
The man, whose name was Middleton, closed his eyes. Owing to themorphia, he had at least a hundred things he wished to discuss. Thetrouble was to fix on one out of the lot."I feel like a bit of conversation," he observed. "How about you?"Then he saw that she was busy again. She held an old-fashionedhunting-case watch in her hand, and her eyes were fixed on hischest. At each rise and fall of the coverlet her lips moved. Mr.Middleton, who was feeling wonderful, experimented. He drew fourvery rapid breaths, and four very slow ones. He was rewarded byseeing her rush to a table and write something on a sheet of yellowpaper."Resparation, very iregular," was what she wrote. She was not aparticularly good speller.After that Mr. Middleton slept for what he felt was a day and anight. It was really ten minutes by the hunting-case watch. Justlong enough for the Senior Surgical Interne, known in the school asthe S.S.I., to wander in, feel his pulse, approve of Jane Brown, andgo out.Jane Brown had risen nervously when he came in, and had profferedhim the order book and a clean towel, as she had been instructed. Hehad, however, required neither. He glanced over the record, changedthe spelling of "resparation," arranged his tie at the mirror, tookanother look at Jane Brown, and went out. He had not spoken.It was when his white-linen clad figure went out that Middletonwakened and found it was the same day. He felt at once likeconversation, and he began immediately. But the morphia did acurious thing to him. He was never afterward able to explain it. Itmade him create. He lay there and invented for Jane Brown afictitious person, who was himself. This person, he said, was anewspaper reporter, who had been sent to report the warehouse fire.He had got too close, and a wall had come down on him. He inventedthe newspaper, too, but, as Jane Brown had come from somewhere else,she did not notice this.In fact, after a time he felt that she was not as really interestedas she might have been, so he introduced a love element. He was, ashas been said, of those who believe that nurses go into hospitalsbecause of being blighted. So he introduced a Mabel, suppressing herother name, and boasted, in a way he afterward remembered withhorror, that Mabel was in love with him. She was, he related,something or other on his paper.At the end of two hours of babbling, a businesslike person in acap--the Probationer wears no cap--relieved Jane Brown, and spilledsome beef tea down his neck.

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