Only too glad to help you in any little way.
It was so kind of you.
O, not at all.
[Silence for a bit.]
I’ve nobody to help me.
Er, er, haven’t you really?
I’d be very glad to help you in any little way.
I wonder if you could advise me.
I—I’d do my best.
You see, I have nobody to advise me.
No, of course not.
I live with my aunt, and she doesn’t understand. I’ve no father or mother.
O, er, er, really?
No. And an uncle died and he left me a hundred thousand pounds.
Yes. He didn’t like me. I think he did it out of contrariness as much as anything. He was always like that to me.
Was he? Was he really?
Yes. It was invested at twenty-five per cent. He never liked me. Thought I was too—I don’t know what.
That was five years ago, and I’ve never got a penny of it.
Really. But, but that’s not right.
Where’s it invested?
In Al Shaldomir.
I don’t quite know. I never was good at geography. I never quite knew where Persia ends.