Hearts of Three
A telephone buzzed. Irritation was swift on his face.
"For heaven's sake answer it, Parker, he commanded. "If it is some silly stock-gambling female, tell her I'm dead, or drunk, or down with typhoid, or getting married, or anything calamitous."
After a moment's dialogue, conducted on Parker's part, in the discreet and modulated tones that befitted absolutely the cool, chaste, noble dignity of the room, with a "One moment, sir," into the transmitter, he muffled the transmitter with his hand and said:
"It's Mr. Bascom, sir. He wants you."
"Tell Mr. Bascom to go to hell," said Francis, simulating so long a cast