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troubles, not takin' away from them—and she'll not 
thank ye for that later on." 
He stopped, rather astonished that he should have been 
drawn into an argument with Cowperwood at all. His 
contempt for the man was so great that he could scarcely 
look at him, but his duty and his need was to get Aileen 
back. Cowperwood looked at him as one who gives 
serious attention to another. He seemed to be thinking 
deeply over what Butler had said. 
"To tell you the truth, Mr. Butler," he said, "I did 
not want Aileen to leave your home at all; and she will 
tell you so, if you ever talk to her about it. I did my 
best to persuade her not to, and when she insisted on 
going the only thing I could do was to be sure she would 
be comfortable wherever she went. She was greatly out- 
raged to think you should have put detectives on her 
trail. That, and the fact that you wanted to send her 
away somewhere against her will, was the principal rea- 
son for her leaving. I assure you I did not want her to 
go. I think you forget sometimes, Mr. Butler, that 
Aileen is a grown woman, and that she has a will of her 
own. You think I control her to her great disadvantage. 
As a matter of fact, I am very much in love with her, and 
have been for three or four years; and if you know any- 
thing about love you know that it doesn't always mean 
control. I'm not doing Aileen any injustice when I say 
that she has had as much influence on me as I have had 
on her. I love her, and that's the cause of all the trouble. 
You come and insist that I shall return your daughter to 
you. As a matter of fact, I don't know whether I can or 
not. I don't know that she would go if I wanted her to. 
She might turn on me and say that I didn't care for her 
any more. That is not true, and I would not want her to 
feel that way. She is greatly hurt, as I told you, by what 
you did to her, and the fact that you want her to leave 
Philadelphia. You can do as much to remedy that as I 
can. I could tell you where she is, but I do not know 
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