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He moved past her, not looking at her because her embarrassment began to irritate him. He opened the door leading into the manager’s office. It was a nice room with a carpet, an armchair, a handsome-looking desk and a high-backed desk-chair. He went around behind the desk and sat down. Alice came to the door and stood looking helplessly at him. ‘Come in and sit down,’ he said, waving to the armchair. ’ ‘No, thank you. ’ She came in reluctantly and perched herself on the arm of the chair, looking down at her slim, well-shaped hands.

I want it,’ she said. ’ Again he hesitated, then urged on because he was sure he couldn’t do this thing alone, he said, ‘I’m talking about the payroll. ’ She stared at him for a long moment, her face suddenly expressionless, then she said quietly, ‘Did I? ’ ‘Why not? ’ She moved away, putting the ironing board back into a closet. ‘I must get on. ’ She was moving to the door when he said, ‘Let’s talk about it tonight. ’ She paused in the doorway and looked searchingly at him. For a long moment she seemed to hesitate, then she nodded.

The leads run under the floor and up the wall to the electronic eye,’ Alice explained. ’ Calvin asked. He saw her hesitate, then she said, ‘I’m sure it is all right to tell you, Mr. Calvin. After all, you are in charge here now. I was told not to tell anyone. It is so arranged that when we turn the lights off in the bank, the electronic eye comes into operation. ’ Calvin ran his fingers through his sand-coloured hair. ’ ‘The insurance people accepted it,’ she said. ‘You see, if the lights are on in the bank, they can be seen across the road by the Sheriff or by Mr.

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