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I put my hand on his arm to draw his attention, meaning also by this unusual intimacy to show my willingness to hear any complaint he might like to make. After a moment's pause, I entered the apartment and we sat down together at the small table provided in all the apartments. Mr. Sardis continued blinking at me, an indescribable look on his face: neither joy nor grief. Yet I received the impression of a clever client who has somehow out- Page 13 witted the Company. When Mr. Sardis picked up a bottle of wine and poured me a glass I thought we had finally broken through this ridiculous situation.

In the silence which followed, while I stood smiling agreeably at Mr. Sardis, I could hear the buzz of a fly which had flown this far toward the porthole window. I began chatting amiably for a few moments but Mr. Sardis gave no sign of listening. I put my hand on his arm to draw his attention, meaning also by this unusual intimacy to show my willingness to hear any complaint he might like to make. After a moment's pause, I entered the apartment and we sat down together at the small table provided in all the apartments.

Cormoran, greatly feared we would have to indemnify Corbie to the fullest. When I first arrived at L Building in answer to Corbie's call (I made several visits that month, by the way, which I seldom do), I was inclined to agree with Mr. Cormoran. Corbie joked and laughed with fearful desperation, and every joke was aimed at himself. These self-flagellant bouts of merriment were followed by a horrible digust. Page 8 I felt that what he wished most of all was that some obliging visitor (myself) would strike him across the face, expressing that disdain and contempt for the identity of Bill Corbie which he himself so whole-heartedly shared.

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