"We thought it such a pity that it should be wasted. She didn't go to the opera, of course."
"Oh, no! When her husband came in with papa, about midnight, we laughed and said that her dressing herself in that way was an inspiration; that something told her that he was returning."
"Probably a telegram from Paris had told her; that was the source of her inspiration."
"Oh, no! what was so funny about the matter was that Mr. Linton's servant bungled sending the telegram, so that Ella knew nothing of his coming."
"You have not seen Ella since your return?"
"No; I have been with her husband on business all day, however."
"And of course he would not have occasion to refer to so casual an incident as his wife's wearing a new toilet."
"Of course not. The word inspiration has no place in a commercial vocabulary, Miss Ayrton."