But he was bored to the soul by the difference; he was tired of her ignorances, which she showed every minute, of her ghastly, unclean knowledges--which she never showed.
They came into the courtyard of the Chateau de la Motte, the ancient castle of the Breton dukes, which is now an inn. The red sunset flamed up behind the sad little town and its gray old houses and spires massed on the hill, and the black river creeping by. George's eyes kindled at the sombre picture.
"In this very court," he said, "Constance stood when she summoned the States of Brittany to save her boy Arthur from King John."
"Oh, yes, you have read of it to me in your Shakespeare. It is one of his unpleasant stories. Come, Bebe. It grows damp."
As she climbed the stone stairway with the child, Colette lingered to gossip with the portier. "Poor lady! You will adore her! She is one of us. But she makes of that bete Anglais and the ugly child, saints and gods!"
When George presently came up to their bare little room, Lisa was singing softly, as she rocked Jacques to sleep.
"Can't you sing the boy something a bit more cheerful?" he said. "You used to know some jolly catches from the music halls."
"Catches for HIM?" with a frightened look at the child's shut eyes.