It was noticeable that whilst he was almost fulsome in his congratulations to Nora and overcordial to Dartrey, he scarcely glanced at Tallente and confined himself to a nod by way of greeting. "Couldn't believe it when you told me over the telephone," he said. "I congratulate you both heartily. What about Leeds, Dartrey?" "Splendid!" "It's the end, I suppose?" "Absolutely!
Thus interrupted, he looked confused, stammered, and finally said, "'Pon my honor, Dudleigh, you don't appear to be overcordial with an old friend, that's seen you through so many scrapes as I have." "Circumstances," said Dudleigh, "of a very painful character have forced me to sever myself completely from all my former associates all, without exception."
And real people are not very friendly to me, always not that they are disagreeable, you understand, only a trifle overcordial; and my most intimate friend kisses me a little too frequently. By the way, she has quite succumbed to you, I hear." "Who do you mean?" "Why, Rosamund." He said something under his breath and looked at her impatiently. "Didn't you know it?" she asked, smiling. "Know what?"