and with a broken marriage behind her, Lorraine was inclined to be angrily contemptuousof the male sex.‘Oh, surely not, Megan,’ Saskia protested. ‘You told me yourself how much Mark lovesyou.’‘Well, yes, that’s what I thought,’ Megan agreed, ‘Especially when he said that he wantedus to be come engaged. But.. .he keeps getting these phone calls. And if I answer the phone whoever’s ringing just hangs up. There’ve been three this week and when I ask him who it is he says it’s just a wrong number.’‘Well, perhaps it is,’ Saskia tried to reassure her, but Megan shook her head.‘No, it isn’t. Mark keeps on banging around by the phone, and last night he was talkingon his mobile when I walked in and the moment he saw me he ended the call.’‘Have you asked him what’s going on?’ Saskia questioned her in concern.‘Yes. He says I’m just imagining it,’ Megan told her unhappily.‘A classic male ploy,’ Lorraine announced vigor ously with grim satisfaction. ‘My ex dideverything to convince me that I was becoming paranoid and then what does be do? Hemoves in with his secre tary, if you please!’‘I just wish that Mark would be honest with me,’ Megan told Saskia, her eyes starting tofill with tears. ‘If there is someone else.. .1... I just can’t believe he’s doing this... Ithought he loved me...’‘I’m sure he does,’ Saskia tried to comfort her. She had not as yet met her friend’s new partner, but fromwhat Megan had told her about him Saskia felt he sounded perfect for her.‘Well, there’s one sure way to find out,’ Lorraine announced. ‘I read an article about it.There’s this agency, and if you’ve got suspIcions about your part ner’s fidelity you go tothem and they send a girl to try to seduce him. That’s what you should do,’ she toldMegan crisply.‘Oh, no, I couldn’t,’ Megan protested.‘You must,’ Lorraine insisted forcefully. ‘It’s the only way you’ll ever know whether or not you can trust him. I wish I’d been able to do something like that before I got married.You must do it,’ she re peated. ‘It’s the only way you’ll ever be sure. Mark is strugglingto make ends meet since he started up his own business, Megan, and you’ve got thatmoney you inherited from your great-aunt.’Sasida’s heart sank a little as she listened. Much as she loved her friend, she knew thatMegan was inclined to allow herself to be dominated by her older and more worldlycousin. Saskia had nothing against Lorraine, indeed she liked her, but she knew from paste that once Lorraine got the bit be-- tween her teeth there was no stopping her. She was fiercely determined to do things her own way, which Sasida suspected was at least part of the reason for the breakdown of her marriage. But right now, sym pathetic though Saskia was to Megan’s unhappiness, shewas hungry.. .very hungry... She eyed the menu longingly.