I really think you had better stay away," said Raffles as we reached the other curb.
But Raffles had the grace to give in with a laugh, whereas I too often lost my temper with my point.
I passed the time with one restless eye upon the clock, and the other on the Tantalus which Raffles ruthlessly declined to unlock.
As a mere talker, I shall never listen to the like of Raffles on this side of the sod; and his talk was seldom garnished by an oath, never in my remembrance by the unclean word.
Constitutionally shy of the direct approach, Raffles was further deterred by a ball in full swing at the Empress Rooms, whence potential witnesses were pouring between dances into the cool deserted street.
cried Raffles, "simply saying to my friend that I'd like to lift the gold cup?
Exactly; and I say what I feel, that's all," said Raffles airily.
Raffles studied his face; he was still watching Raffles; and I kept an eye on them both without putting in my word.
It ought to be a javelin," said Raffles, nervously.
All at once, yet somehow not so suddenly as to excite suspicion, Raffles had become the elderly busybody with nerves; why, I could not for the life of me imagine; and the policeman seemed equally at sea.
Meanwhile Raffles rejoined me, with a covert coat over his blazer, and a soft felt hat set carelessly on the curly head he shook with a smile as I passed him the decanter.
You see, I'm known to the police," laughed Raffles as we passed on.
Raffles was gazing up at some windows across the road, windows barely discernible through the mist, and without the glimmer of a light to throw them out.
Raffles drew a deep breath, and his singular grip of me slowly relaxed.
But obviously Raffles and he were on exceptional terms of intimacy, and I could not but infer that they were in the habit of playing practical jokes upon each other.