What did Gillian mean last week when she asked Duncan if he is a simpleton? As with most things, context is important, and to add some context I give you the next eight sentences...
“You might have brought it to me another time. Are you so easily discouraged that you would not take such an opportunity of seeing me again?”
He was speechless. It had not occurred to him that any lady who looked so sweet and innocent could possess a mind so calculating. He also felt heartily ashamed that he had not thought of the stratagem himself. A surge of respect, mingled with desire raced through him and he clasped her hands, heedless of others who might be watching them. “Tell me your name.” he insisted.
“Gillian,” she whispered as she pulled her hands from his grasp, taking her book with her as she fled.
Thus we have our context, and Duncan has the girl's name...or part of it anyway. Since there are only seven sentences left in the in the scene, I shall return next week to my random scrolling method of snippet selection.