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reputation in London, it would be easier to find backers. Portion II. 1. Though Michael told Julia a lot about his family, she wasn’t aware that they knew about her existence. That is why she couldn’t but be surprised to receive a letter from Michael’s mother who invited her to Cheltenham for Holy Week. The prospect of spending a whole week with Michael was enchanting. It took her breath away to think of it and she look forward to the holidays. It didn’t take her long to discover that Michael had brought her down to Cheltenham for his parents to inspect her. The thought flashed through her mind that there was only one possible reason for it. When she thought of it, her heart leaped. 2. Michael was anxious for Julia to make a good impression on his parents. Julia realized

soon that she would be able to enchant them. As a matter of fact, she was aware that she was able to enchant anybody. It was clear that Michael’s parents were not fond of the idea that their son was going to marry an actress. Julia instinctively felt that she had to conceal the actress and play the part of a modest ingenious girl. Michael’s mother was happy to learn that Julia wasn’t made-up or loud. No one would dream that Julia was on the stage. Besides, she was head over ears in love with her son and it flattered her motherly pride. Julia gave a perfect performance of the village maiden. 3. Michael had affection and admiration for Julia, he felt at ease with her. But he took her love for granted and it was obvious that he wasn’t in love with her. It was no good

deceiving herself. At first this made Julia unhappy. Now and then she lost control of herself and made him frantic scenes. But then she began to doubt if he was capable of loving anybody. It didn’t seem worth while to suffer from it. Soon Julia was content to love Michael whereas he allowed her to love him. 4. When Julia found out that an American manager had offered Michael a part, her heart sank. She had to exercise all her self-control to pretend that she was as excited as he was. But when Julia remained alone, she lost control of herself and began to cry in earnest. In America Michael was going to save every cent he could, so, in two years he expected to have the best part of four thousand pounds. 5. When Julia realized that she had fallen out of love with Michael, she fell

into despair. She felt that she had lost something that was infinitely precious to her. Her heart sank. She was displayed. She was inclined to cry, because her fortune had failed her. But when she had thought it over, her grief made a way to relief. Now she was her own mistress and not a slave of her love. Now she looked at Michael not with the eyes of a woman in love but with shrewd penetrating eyes. Yes, it was great to be free and she would be able to make the most of her freedom. Portion III. 1. As soon as the war ended Michael began to work as an actor and soon gained a reputation in London. He spared no effort to force managers to pay him the salary he thought he was worth, but if he couldn’t get it, he was prepared to take less. He still thought of going into management,

but though they had saved seven thousand pounds, the sum was inadequate. Mrs. de Vries came to their rescue. She agreed to put up money and become their partner. 2. As time went on, Michael took to directing. He still acted occasionally, but less frequently than earlier. When he said he was going to direct their next play, Julia was doubtful. She suspected that nothing good would come of it. Michael had no fantasy and his ideas were commonplace. But he made a much better job of it, than Julia expected. As he knew perfectly well what Julia was capable, he was able to get more out of her than any other director. With the cast he was friendly, but exacting. When tempers grew frayed, his good humour, his real kindness smoothed things over. 3. Michael’s complacency exasperated

Julia. He beamed with pleasure when he managed to beat an opponent at golf or get the better of someone in a business deal. Besides, he was a crashing bore. He liked to tell Julia everything he did and every scheme that passed through his mind. It had been charming to listen to Michael, when she was head over ears in love with him, but after she had fallen out of love with him, Julia had to exercise all her tact not to show him he was bored to death. More over, he was outrageously vain of his appearance. As a youth, he had taken his beauty for granted, but with advancing years, he began to pay more attention to it and spared no pains to keep what was left of it. It became an obsession. 4. Evie was Julia’s maid and dresser. She had been in Julia’s employment for a long time.