Joe Pillin answered, with trembling lips:
"How you can sit there, and look the same as ever! Are you sure they can't touch me?"
"They talk of an Act, but they haven't passed it yet. They might prove a breach of trust against me. But I'll diddle them. Keep your pecker up, and get off abroad."
"Yes, yes. I must. I'm very bad. I was going to-morrow. But I don't know, I'm sure, with this hanging over me. My son knowing her makes it worse. He picks up with everybody. He knows this man Ventnor too. And I daren't say anything to Bob. What are you thinking of, Sylvanus? You look very funny!"
Old Heythorp seemed to rouse himself from a sort of coma.
"I want my lunch," he said. "Will you stop and have some?"
"Lunch! I don't know when I shall eat again. What are you going to do, Sylvanus?"
"Buy him off. He's one--of my creditors."