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: Maurice, I hope nothing is wrong? Maurice Hall
: Pretty well everything. You would think so. Clive Durham
: Very well, I'm at your service. My advice there is to sleep here tonight and ask Anne. Where a woman is in question, it's always better to ask another woman. Maurice Hall
: I'm not here to see Anne.
] Maurice Hall
: I'm in love with Alec Scudder. Clive Durham
: What a grotesque announcement. Maurice Hall
] Most grotesque. But I felt I should tell you. Clive Durham
: Maurice, Maurice, we did everything we could when you and I clashed out the subject. Maurice Hall
: When you brought yourself to kiss my hand. Clive Durham
: Don't allude to that! Come in here.
[lowers his voice
] Clive Durham
: I am more sorry for you than I can possibly say and I do, do beg you to resist to return on this obsession. Maurice Hall
: I don't need advice. I'm flesh and blood Clive, if you'll condescend to such low things. I've shared with Alec. Clive Durham
: Shared what? Maurice Hall
: Everything. Alec slept with me in the Russet Room when you and Anne were away. Clive Durham
: [turns away from him
] Oh God. Maurice Hall
: Also in town. Clive Durham
: The sole excuse for a relationship between two men is that it remains purely platonic. Surely you agree to that. Maurice Hall
: I don't know. I've come to tell you what I did. Clive Durham
: Well, Alec Scudder is in point of fact no longer in my service. In fact, he is no longer in England. He sailed for Buenos Aires this very day. Maurice Hall
: He didn't. He sacrificed his career for my sake. Without a guarantee. I don't know if that's platonic or not but it's what he did. Clive Durham
: missed his boat? Maurice, you're going mad! May I ask if you intend... Maurice Hall
: [interrupts him
] No, you may not ask. I told you everything up to this minute, not a word beyond.
: A terrible affair about Viscount Risley, Sir. And him a Parliamentary Private Secretary, too. I did read he was at Cambridge.
: Like yourself, Sir. Clive Durham
: You will never mention that subject again, Simcox, while you remain in employment here.