I’m due back at the Senate. I’ll talk with you till the cock crows after we adjourn. Will that do?
I should like to talk to you now.
In that case, I’ll go back to the House.
We won’t intrude—
The Senators have the floor—
[They are about to beat a retreat.
I wish you’d stay, gentlemen.
[Looking at his watch, nervously.
I’m sorry I—
You’ll please stay, Mr. Grosvenor. You, too, Mr. Conroy.
I’m hanged if I’ll be dictated to.
Do as you please. But if you don’t stay, I’ll have you both under arrest in fifteen minutes.
Oh, come off!
What do you mean, Senator?
My God, man, don’t make me mad. I’m twenty years older than you, but I could wipe the floor up with you yet!
[Nervously lights a cigar and during the ensuing scene shifts it with his lips from one corner of his mouth to the other in extreme agitation.
I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Well, you don’t need me.
[MAYNARD sits down, chewing his lips.
[With an amused, patronizing smile.
You haven’t expressed yourself about me yet, Senator. Am I invited to the party?
You may stay or not as you like.
Do you know, if I were you, I don’t think I’d detain these other gentlemen just now.