"But you would rather not answer my question," she interposed.
"I would rather hear you tell me if you have made any other guess."
"One more, Mr. Morris. I guessed that you had become acquainted with Sir Jervis Redwood."
"For the second time, Miss Emily, you have arrived at a sound conclusion. My one hope of finding opportunities for observing Sir Jervis's housekeeper depended on my chance of gaining admission to Sir Jervis's house."
"How did you succeed? Perhaps you provided yourself with a letter of introduction?"
"I knew nobody who could introduce me," Alban replied. "As the event proved, a letter would have been needless. Sir Jervis introduced himself--and, more wonderful still, he invited me to his house at our first interview."
"Sir Jervis introduced himself?" Emily repeated, in amazement. "From Cecilia's description of him, I should have thought he was the last person in the world to do that!"
Alban smiled. "And you would like to know how it happened?" he suggested.