'Tampering, my dear chap: That's what the lump said to the leaven. 'Yes, yes, said Lawford, putting out his hand, 'but you know what I mean, Herbert. Anything I tried to do then would be quite, quite hopeless. That would be poisoning the wells. They watched him out of the room, and listened till quite distinctly in the still night-shaded house they heard his door gently close.