“They’ll work it out,” Mammy said. “This fighting is temporary.”Mr. Weston, do anything, anything! so that Laura won’t be dragged into it. Any amount of money, of course! And the newspapers—good Lord! Can we fix them?”That would be me.”He drank the rest of this water and extended the glass toMariam. “If it’s not too muchzahmat.”Mariam took the glass and went to fill it.Then he took up a coat and looked at the maker’s name on the tab.It read:
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