"Ah, Anna, come in. There's something I wish to discuss with you."
"What is it, Mrs Hughes?"
"Have a seat."
"It's come to my attention that you and Mr Bates have become good friends?"
"I'd say that's true of all of us."
"I think you know what I mean."
"I'm afraid I don't." She blinked.
The Housekeeper frowned.
"Mrs Hughes, Mr Bates is a decent man of good character. Or wouldn't you agree?"
"Then why shouldn't I be friends with him?"
Mrs Hughes sighed. "You're right, Anna. I apologize if I judged your friendship wrongly."
Anna stood to leave.
"Just . . . be careful, girl."