"That's absolutely untrue," said Edna.
He did not allow her to ruffle him.
"But now," he went on, "I do give them to you--freely and completely.
Be witness, Albertson, that I present this string of pearls to this lady--who was once my wife."
Edna was examining them pearl by pearl.
"They seem to be all right," she said. "The number is right. What's this?" she added, indicating an emerald drop which had never been on them before.
"That's an extra; that's interest on the money," answered Conway with a flourish; "that's an expression of thanks for your courtesy in letting me have them at a moment when they meant so much to me."
This recalled the question of how he had obtained them. "Gordon," she said, "did you steal those out of my safe?"
He shook his head. "You can't steal what is already your own."
"I can't see how in the world you got them," said Edna, "unless that woman is a confederate. Did she give them to you?"
"I don't even know what woman you mean, Edna," he