Verisschenzko did not press the matter of his guest's fancies in food, and they continued the menu ordered for Collette without further delay.
"I want to hear all that you know about them, the girl is an exquisite thing with immense possibilities. Sir John looks--dull."
"He is really a splendid character though," Denzil hastened to assure him. "Do you know the family history? But no, of course not, we were too busy in the old days enjoying life to trouble to talk of such things! Well, it is rather strange in the last generation--things very nearly came to an end and John has built it all up again. You are interested in heredity?"
"Naturally--what is the story?"
"Our mutual great-grandfather was a tremendous personage in North Somerset--the place Ardayre is there. My father was the son of the younger son, who had just enough to do him decently at Eton, and enable him to scrape along in the old regiment with a pony or two to play with. My mother was a Willowbrook, as you know, and
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