Fall 1959 • Vol. XXI No. 4 FictionOctober 1, 1959 |

The Mice

Goodness! she said, watching him as he stood before the mirror tying his tie. "Such dexterity! Such precision! Such precision!" He smiled weakly at his reflection, sorry he had not worn a four-in-hand. "Now, just a teency weency bit to the left . ... "Marian," he said. "Marian," she mimicked, and, pulling the sheet over her head, made from under it a growling sound, like some caged animal. Then, pettishly, she flung the sheet from her and reached to the nighttable for her cigarettes. Her dark heavy hair fell round her naked shoulders, as North Wind's had in the frontispiece to the book his parents had given him on his seventh--his eighth?--birthday. Only, North Wind had had some clothes on. Too casually he averted his eyes from the bed and glanced toward the window, curtained carefully against the world outside. "Don't look away, George," said Marian. "It's only me." "You're immodest," he said lightly. "How true," she said. "I am immodest. You--What are you, an

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