have to announce you, that’s all. The secretary will be out directly — that is, unless you — yes, that’s the rub — unless you — come, you must allow me to ask you — you’ve not come to beg, have you?”
“Oh dear no, you can be perfectly easy on that score.
I have quite another matter on hand.”
“You must excuse my asking, you know. Your appearance led me to think — but just wait for the secretary; the general is busy now, but the secretary is sure to come out.”
“Oh — well, look here, if I have some time to wait, would you mind telling me, is there any place about where I could have a smoke? I have my pipe and tobacco with me.”