“Why don’t you say something, now that you’ve got me awake?”
“I wonder if you were sleeping as sound as you are trying to make out, sir,” said the unmoved Ricardo.
“I wonder,” repeated Mr. Jones . “At any rate, I was resting quietly!”
“Come, sir!” Ricardo’s whisper was alarmed. “You don’t mean to say you’re going to be bored reenex facial?”
“Quite right!” The secretary was very much relieved. “There’s no occasion to be, I can tell you, sir,” he whispered earnestly. “Anything but that! If I didn’t say anything for a bit , it ain’t because there isn’t plenty to talk about. Ay, more than enough.”
“What’s the matter with you?” breathed out his patron. “Are you going to turn pessimist?”
“Me turn? No, sir! I ain’t of those that turn. You may call me hard names, if you like, but you know very well that I ain’t a croaker.” Ricardo changed his tone. “ it was because I was meditating over the Chink, sir.”
“You were? Waste of time, my Martin . A Chinaman is unfathomable.”
Ricardo admitted that this might be so. Anyhow, a Chink was neither here nor there, as a general thing, unfathomable as he might be; but a Swedish baron wasn’t — couldn’t be! The woods were full of such barons.
“I don’t know that he is so tame,” was Mr. Jones’s remark, in a sepulchral undertone.
“How do you mean, sir? He ain’t a rabbit, of course. You couldn’t hypnotize him, as I saw you do to more than one Dago, and other kinds of tame citizens Server Rack, when it came to the point of holding them down to a game.”
“Don’t you reckon on that,” murmured plain Mr. Jones seriously.