Thank you, old chap," said Raffles sympathetically.
I really think you had better stay away," said Raffles as we reached the other curb.
But Raffles had the grace to give in with a laugh, whereas I too often lost my temper with my point.
I passed the time with one restless eye upon the clock, and the other on the Tantalus which Raffles ruthlessly declined to unlock.
Raffles on most occasions kept up the sense of having been educated at an academy, and being able, if he chose, to pass well everywhere; indeed, there was not one of his fellow-men whom he did not feel himself in a position to ridicule and torment, confident of the entertainment which he thus gave to all the rest of the company.
The paper with which he had wedged it was a letter signed Nicholas Bulstrode, but Raffles was not likely to disturb it from its present useful position.
We had the little room upstairs; and on the very threshold I, even I, who knew my Raffles of old, was taken horribly aback.
I had to look at Raffles to make sure that it was he who spoke, and I had my own reasons for looking hard.
Raffles reached across the table and gripped my arm in a vice.
And I was wondering how much of his leniency was owing to the fact that Raffles had not forgotten it either, when he stopped and stood over my chair once more.
Exactly," said Raffles, nodding to himself, as though in assent to some hidden train of thought; "exactly what I remember of you, and I'll bet it's as true now as it was ten years ago.
Then I must; but I'm bound to say I don't like the idea, Raffles.