And your experience in the Mediterrenean had not prepared you for any of it?
You would have thought so, wouldn't you.
I have to admit old boy, I am at a slight loss for words. I feel responsible.
Good God man, it's not your fault! Please no apologies. After all we are sitting here comfortably with no hint of danger.
Please, let me feel responsible. It was my silly suggestion.
I'd rather you didn't take all the credit if it is all the same to you. I would like to think I had a bit of inspiration there.
Again, I mean no disrespect. Certainly you are very brave traveling so far and on your own. Let us speak no further on the subject. We have business, have we not?
I should say so, my lord.
I must admit, while I am fully agreeable to the proposal, that there is another who, well quite frankly, is not.
Have I not stressed the overwhleming odds in favour that she would grow to love me.
And she has no doubts on that account.
Then what is it?
Oh, come on, son, surely you could see why she should feel so reserved.
Sir, I am well educated, from a good family, have means to support her, and what's more am in love with your daughter, something I would think would be highly in my favour.
I understand the excellent standing of both your station and situation in society, especially in particular social circles. But, my God man, you're a penguin. Can't you see the difficulties?