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ButJohnsyhesmote; andshelay,scarcelymoving,onherpaintedironbedstead,lookingthroughthesmallDutchwindow-panesattheblanksideofthenextbrickhouse. 

OnemorningthebusydoctorinvitedSueintothehallwaywithashaggy,grayeyebrow. 

"Shehasonechanceinletussay,ten,"hesaid,asheshookdownthemercuryinhisclinicalthermometer. "Andthatchanceisforhertowanttolive. Thiswaypeoplehaveoflining-uponthesideoftheundertakermakestheentirepharmacopeialooksilly. Yourlittleladyhasmadeuphermindthatshe’snotgoingtogetwell. Hassheanythingonhermind?" 

"SheshewantedtopainttheBayofNaplessomeday,"saidSue. 

"Paint? bosh! Hassheanythingonhermindworththinkingabouttwiceaman,forinstance?" 

"Aman? "saidSue,withajew’s-harptwanginhervoice. "Isamanworthbut,no,doctor;thereisnothingofthekind." 

"Well,itistheweakness,then,"saidthedoctor. "Iwilldoallthatscience,sofarasitmayfilterthroughmyefforts,canaccomplish. ButwhenevermypatientbeginstocountthecarriagesinherfuneralprocessionIsubtract50percentfromthecurativepowerofmedicines. IfyouwillgethertoaskonequestionaboutthenewwinterstylesincloaksleevesIwillpromiseyouaone-infivechanceforher,insteadofoneinten." 

AfterthedoctorhadgoneSuewentintotheworkroomandcriedaJapanesenapkintoapulp. 

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