PASCOE. (Shakes his head.) You mustn't go to extremes.
CARVE. Is he as famous as Harry Vardon?
PASCOE. Never heard of him.
CARVE. I only see these names in the papers. Is he as famous as Bernard Shaw?
PASCOE. Yes, I should say he was.
CARVE. Oh, well that's not so bad. Better than I thought! It's so difficult to judge where one is--er--personally concerned. Especially if you're never on the spot.
PASCOE. So it's true Mr. Carve never comes to England?
CARVE. Why should he come to England? He isn't a portrait painter. It's true he owns this house, but surely that isn't sufficient excuse for living in a place like England?
PASCOE. Of course, if you look at it like that, there's no particular attractiveness in England that I've ever seen. But that answer wouldn't satisfy Redcliffe Gardens. Redcliffe Gardens is persuaded that there must be a special reason.
CARVE. Well, there is.
PASCOE. (Interested, in spite of himself.) Indeed!
CARVE. (Confidentially.) H