But Hastings shook his head at her to check further speech.
While they lingered at table, at a word from Hastings the two Japanese had gone on deck.
The flood is just beginning to make," said Hastings, pointing to a striped spar-buoy that was slightly tipping up-stream on the edge of the channel.
The willows soon sprouted, Hastings told them, and by the time the mats were rotted away the sand was held in place by the roots of the trees.
We live in a wicked age," Hastings countered, smiling grimly.
Wherefore I know what I 'm talking about," Hastings broke in.
Hastings, "to keep five hundred acres of woods out of the hands of the charcoal burners.
It's very unjust, I take it, for he was certainly devoted to Hastings, and saved his life, they say.
Well," said Travers, with a rather sour smile, "so long as he leaves Hastings alone the world won't mind much.
The great Lord Hastings lay prone on his face, in a posture in which there was a touch of something strange and stiff, with one elbow erect above his body, the arm being doubled, and his big, bony hand clutching the rank and ragged grass.
He said that after Lady Hastings went off in the car the general asked him to take coffee with him in the library and look up a point about local antiquities.
I don't know how far it went, but it went as far as concealment, anyhow; for when Lady Hastings spoke to Boyle it was to tell him she had hidden a note in the Budge book in the library.
He did look at it, though, searching for the Budge book with the note in it, but I fancy that Hastings had already moved it to the shelves on the wall.
Our one score was Hastings and his victory, which was really somebody else's victory.