Lucy was silent, a little staggered at the remark. “I am told,” Montague added, with a smile, “that even Ryder's wife won't keep her money in the Gotham Trust.”
Montague had not anticipated the effect of this remark. Lucy gave a sudden start. “His wife!” she exclaimed.
Tips, opportunities to make money：How to make money online sell traffic?“Why, yes,” said Montague. “Didn't you know that he was married?”
“No,” said Lucy, in a low voice. “I did not.”
There was a long silence. Finally she asked, “Why was not his wife invited to the dinner?”
Tips, opportunities to make money：What news can be made online“They seldom go out together,” said Montague.
“Have they separated?” she asked.
“There is a new and fashionable kind of separation,” was the answer. “They live in opposite sides of a large mansion, and meet on formal occasions.”
“What sort of a woman is she?” asked Lucy,
“I don't know anything about her,” he replied.
There was a silence again. Finally Montague said, “There is no cause to be sorry for him, you understand.”
And Lucy touched his hand lightly with hers.
“That's all right, Allan,” she said. “Don't worry. I am not apt to make the same mistake twice.”
It seemed to Montague that there was nothing to be said after that.
Lucy wanted to come down to Montague's office to talk business with him; but he would not put her to that trouble, and called the next morning at her apartment before he went down town. She showed him all her papers; her father's will, with a list of his property, and also the accounts of Mr. Holmes, and the rent-roll of her properties in New Orleans. As Montague had anticipated, Lucy's affairs had not been well managed, and he had many matters to look into and many questions to ask. There were a number of mortgages on real estate and buildings, and, on the other hand, some of Lucy's own properties were mortgaged, a state of affairs which she was not able to explain. There were stocks in several industrial companies, of which Montague knew but little. Last and most important of all, there was a block of five thousand shares in the Northern Mississippi Railroad.
“You know all about that, at any rate,” said Lucy. “Have you sold your own holdings yet?”