‘You’ll get into a mess if you do.’
’Then I must get into a mess. I shall certainly go. I will go at once. It is very disagreeable, but I cannot possibly refuse. It would be abominable.’ Then going back to the hall, he sent a message by the butler to Marie, saying that he would be with her in less than half an hour.
‘Don’t you go and make a fool of yourself,’ his father said to him when he was alone. ’This is just one of those times when a man may ruin himself by being softhearted.’ Nidderdale simply shook his head as he took his hat and gloves to go across to Bruton Street.