"It's because you like the hills, isn't it?" she asked. "You seem such an out-of-door person, and Mr. Jenney said you were always wandering about the country-side."
"Mr. Jenney also made other reflections about my youth," said Austen.
She laughed again, acquiescing in his humour, secretly thankful not to find him sentimental.
"Mr. Jenney said something else that--that I wanted to ask you about," she went on, breathing more deeply. "It was about the railroad."
"I am afraid you have not come to an authority," he replied.
"You said the politicians would be against you if you tried to become a State senator. Do you believe that the politicians are owned by the railroad?"
"Has Jenney been putting such things into your head?"
"Not only Mr. Jenney, but--I have heard other people say that. And Humphrey Crewe said that you hadn't a chance politically, because you had opposed the railroad and had gone against your own interests."