Humphrey invited Madeleine to the ball to make his mother happy, but still, he didn’t feel right about it. It all felt like a tremendous lie, to Madeleine, to his mother, but most of all, to himself.
When Humphrey began to dance the quadrille with Madeleine, he was shocked and excited to find that Maurice had joined in with a partner of his own. It had been years since those long days in the Sahara with Maurice, but the experiences they had shared there came back to him in a flash.
Unexpectedly, Humphrey heard himself saying to Madeleine, “I am going to marry that man.”
Madeleine was quite upset. This was not how she had planned for the evening to progress. “Humphrey,” she said, “you are a fool. It’s against the law for you to marry another man!”
Humphrey responded calmly, “My dear, I will make you a deal. You can ban my marriage if I can ban yours.”