"I have things to bear that you don't know anything about. I have never spoken of it."
"Won't you eat?"
"Yes," said Blanche sarcastically, "and have the maid report you to the office as a suspicious character. Go down and read your paper. I'll send a boy for you."Pen put herself determinedly between him and the door. "Sorry," she said. "But I have some rights as well as your ideas."
"They are not my principal witnesses, sir. I rely chiefly on Mr. Slaughter, the different professional men, the servants, the second taxi-driver, all of whom are obviously disinterested."
Inexpensive! Pen stared at him. The thing had obviously cost thousands. But she saw that he was sincere in it.
"To Mr. Riever?"
Pen flared up inwardly. ("Asking me to sit down in my own house!") In order to show that she was still mistress there, she moved calmly about the room, setting things in order. They had presumed to shove her center table over to the fireplace to give themselves room. She shoved it back. The chief with an annoyed glance resumed his questioning of the scared negress.
"Certainly," he said, and had the bag brought back. It was emptied out on the seat beside him. He handed Pen a paper.
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