Fred Westly's opinion on the point which his friend put before him entirely coincided with that of Paul Bevan. "I'm not surprised to learn that Paul is not her father," he said. "It was always a puzzle to me how she came to be so lady-like and refined in her feelings, with such a rough, though kindly, father. But I can easily understand it now that I hear who and what her mother was."
On joining the attacking party without having been observed or, rather, having been taken for one of the band in the uncertain light he recognised Westly's and Flinders's voices at once, and thus it was that he suddenly gave his unasked advice on the subject then under discussion. But Stalker's bold spirit settled the question for them in an unexpected manner.