‘We must see what can be done,’ he remarked at last. ‘Hook’—that is absolutely all you heard?’
‘Absolutely,’ Lavendale assured him.
‘And you have a friend who lives at Hookam Court in Norfolk—Mr. Anthony Silburn?’ he said 长沙桑拿洗浴 meditatively. ‘A very remarkable man, Silburn—likely to be President some day, they tell me.’
‘Who cares about that!’ Lavendale exclaimed, a little curtly. ‘What can we do, Major Elwell? I dare say you know as much as I do, and more. Miss de Freyne 长沙桑拿场子推荐 has been very successful during the last few months, and there is no doubt they’d give anything they could to get hold of her on the other side. But in England—surely there can’t be any organization over here strong enough for actual mischief!’
‘Scarcely,’ Major Elwell agreed. ‘Scarcely. ‘H—double
O—K,’ he went on meditatively. ‘You see, there are about fifty places in the United Kingdom beginning like that.’
Lavendale felt his courage slipping away. There was something curiously unimpressive in the carefully-dressed, imperturbable Englishman, who was occupied now in polishing his 长沙桑拿休闲论坛 eyeglass.
‘Isn’t there anything we can be doing instead of sitting here talking?’ he asked impatiently.
‘Always a mistake,’ Major Elwell declared, ‘to do things in a hurry. Have a cigarette,’ he went on, offering his case. ‘I think I’ll 长沙桑拿按摩中心 stroll out and talk with a friend over this little matter.’
‘Isn’t there a thing I can do?’ Lavendale persisted.
‘Well,’ Major Elwell said thoughtfully, ‘you spoke of an invitation to visit your friend Mr. Anthony Silburn at Hookam Court. Why not motor down there to-morrow? It’s one of the places in the
country that your call might have come from, at any rate.’
A derisive reply quivered upon Lavendale’s lips. Then, for some reason or other, he changed his mind and remained silent. Major Elwell, without any appearance of hurrying him, was holding the door open.
‘All right,’ Lavendale agreed, ‘I’ll motor down there to-morrow.’
Lavendale was conscious of a queer sensation of unreality as late on the following afternoon he followed the butler across the white-flagged entrance hall of Hookam Court. He felt as though he 长沙桑拿酒店娱乐 were an unwilling actor in a play of which the setting was all too perfect. The little party of guests, still in shooting clothes and lounging before the great wood fire, brought into their surroundings a vivid note of flamboyant artificiality. The 长沙桑拿微信 high walls, with their ecclesiastically-curved frescoes, the row of family portraits, the armour standing in the recesses, even the little local touch afforded by the game-keeper in brown whipcord and gaiters, standing waiting in a distant corner, seemed to him like part of some cinema production in which the men and women were supers and the setting tinsel.
His host’s greeting was all that it should have been. He advanced across the hall with outstretched hand, quietly but sincerely cordial.
‘Good man, Lavendale!’ he exclaimed. ‘I was delighted to get your telegram.’
‘Very nice of 2019长沙桑拿论坛 you,’ Lavendale murmured. ‘I hadn’t any idea of being at a loose end so soon when you were kind enough to ask me.’
‘It couldn’t have happened more fortunately,’ Mr. Anthony Silburn assured him. ‘I’ve another man coming down to-night, but I’ve 长沙桑拿微信号 room for two more guns. Now let me introduce you to those of your fellow-guests whom you don’t know. Mr. Lavendale—Lady Marsham, Mr. Kindersley, Mr. Barracombe, Sir Julius Marsham, Mr. Henry D. Steinletter.’
Lavendale bowed, individually to the women and collectively to the men. Lady Marsham, a stout, dark-haired lady with a heavy jaw, made room for him by her side.