It existed but in two, and in one of these there was a plural executive. The awkward thing was that they had practically no other relations and that his own affairs took up all his time. " "Then your manuscript--?" "Is in old, faded ink, and in the most beautiful hand. If so much had sprung to the surface, I scarce put it too strongly in saying that what had perhaps sprung highest was the absurdity of our prolonging the fiction that I had anything more to teach him.