'The labour is so pleasant,' she returned, 'that it is scarcely grateful in me to call it by that name.'
She frowned and freed herself. "You're not to be serious tonight. Don't talk about these things. I don't want to talk about them. This is my night with you. Please talk about love. I don't want to hear about anything else. Promise? Now come on. You sit there."
We had, on our way out, to cross a paved hall, with glass sides and roof, over which a vine was trained. Its leaves and shoots were green then, and the day being sunny, a pair of glass doors leading to the garden were thrown open. Rosa Dartle, entering this way with a noiseless step, when we were close to them, addressed herself to me:
"When we meet today I toss you double or quits for it. And you win. Okay? So you now have 00 and I, a tax-paying citizen, will support your story. Here is the money." The hunchback took a wallet out of his hip-pocket and pushed ten 0 bills across the table.
'What sort of chance are you thinking of?'
The bar was through a brass-studded leather door opposite the lobby to the conference room. It was-in the fashion-a mock-English public-house saloon bar with luxury accessories. The scrubbed wooden chairs and benches had foam-rubber squabs in red leather. Behind the bar, the tankards were of silver, or simulated silver, instead of pewter. The hunting prints, copper and brass hunting horns, muskets and powder horns, on the walls could have come from the Parker Galleries in London. Instead of tankards of beer, bottles of champagne in antique coolers stood on the tables and, instead of yokels, the hoods stood around in what looked like Brooks Brothers "tropical" attire and carefully sipped their drinks while "Mine Host" leant against the polished mahogany bar and twirled his golden gun round and round on the first finger of his right hand like the snide poker cheat out of an old Western.
"Made fabulous Easter eggs for the Czar and Czarina before the revolution."
'I suppose you are quite a great lawyer?' I said, after looking at him for some time.
Practice and practice until your body language becomes subtleand almost imperceptible.