Kenneth Greves and his wife, Elsie, have a summer home at the seaside, and the christening of their baby draws a brilliant social gathering, among others Constance Strong, just returned from Europe, who is an old friend of the wife and who is prevailed upon to remain for several weeks. She is a beautiful woman, versed in the ways of the world and free from all minor faults, but there immediately arises between her and the husband a strange telepathic bond, commonly described as "affinity." As well-bred and self-respecting people, they vainly endeavor to hide their weakness, too plainly palpable to others. Elsie, however, wrapped up in her baby, is oblivious to all outside things even to forgetfulness of her husband that is almost neglect. He is thrown continually in the society of Constance and is too weak to resist the love that her presence radiates. A burning moment arrives when each acknowledges the ardent feeling for the other. John Greves, the father of the husband, an elderly ...
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