“But we can't expect a Dictionary—especially when it's making—to interest Annie, can we?'
The doctor shook his head.
'And that's why I so much approve,' said Mrs. Markleham, tapping him on the shoulder with her shut-up fan, 'of your thoughtfulness. It shows that you don't expect, as many elderly people do expect, old heads on young shoulders.
You have studied Annie's character, and you understand it. That's what I find so charming!'
Even the calm and patient face of Doctor Strong expressed some little sense of pain, I thought, under the infliction of these compliments.”