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Dialogue 1

When he had dealt with the waiter he turned back to me and said, 'What's the matter with you, then?'
'I'm pregnant,' I said, hoping that the American lady at the next table was not at that moment listening to us, as she had been for most of our meal.
'I thought perhaps you might be,' said he, and poured himself a little more claret.
'You what?' I said, in genuine astonishment.
'Well, I mean to say, and don't think I'm being rude, my dear, but you are beginning to look a little bit that way....... that dress, for instance.'

Dialogue 2

'No,' she said. 'No. Not here.'
'Something to eat,' he said.
'No.' She stood arrested, more scared than himself, her very dark eyes staring.
'Is the road safe?' he said.
'I don't know. I don't know.'
'Where does it go?'
'I don't know.'
'It's all right. If you're alone it's all right. Don't be frightened.'
'There is no food here,' she said.
'It's all right,' he said.
'Nothing,' she said. 'Nothing. They take so much. It's not easy.'

Dialogue 3

'What are you doing?' I said at last and stared at the notebook.
'Nothing,' she said, 'just writing.' She held her notebook in two hands against her belly.
'What are you writing?'
She sighed. 'Nothing. Just writing.'

I tore the book from her hands, turned my back on her and opened it. Before she blocked my view with her arm I had time to read at the top of a page,'Tuesday, dear Mum'.
'Give it back,' she shouted and her voice was so unfamiliar, so unexpectedly violent, that I let her take it from me.

Dialogue 4

'I'm glad we came out together,' I say.
'You're not disappointed, then?' she says, and I feel like gaping at her. Disappointed !
'P'haps you'd like to try it again?' I say. 'What about the week-end?'
'If you like.'
And what if I don't like? Does it matter to her either way? What's a kiss on the back row of the pictures after all? It doesn't mean we've signed an agreement or something.
'No need to if you don't want,' I say, and I'm horrified at the way I'm inviting her to turn me down.
'I'd like to,' she says.

Dialogue 5

'Does Adela talk to you much?' he began. 'I'm so driven with work, I don't see her as much as I hoped, but I hope she finds things comfortable.'
'Adela and I talk mostly about India. Dear, since you mention it, you're quite right - you ought to be more alone with her than you are.'
'Yes, perhaps, but then people 'd gossip.'
'Well, they must gossip some time! Let them gossip.'
'People are so odd out here, and it's not like home - one's always facing the footlights, as the Burra Sahib said.'

Dialogue 6

'What's the matter?' I asked in my ordinary tone, speaking down to the face upturned exactly under mine.
'Cramp,' it answered, no louder. Then slightly anxious, 'I say, no need to call any one.'
'I was not going to,' I said.
'Are you alone on deck?'
'I suppose your captain's turned in?'

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