can see that you are tired of the arrangement, and of me, and I had better, therefore, resign.
'Yours faithfully, ' PHILIP BAYNES BOSINNEY.'
Soames pondered long and painfully over his answer, and late at night in the dining-room, when Irene had gone to bed, he composed the following:
'62, MONTPELLIER SQUARE, S. W., ' May 19, 1887.
'I think that in both our interests it would be extremely undesirable that matters should be so left at this stage. I did not mean to say that if you should exceed the sum named in my letter to you by ten or twenty or even fifty pounds, there would be any difficulty between us. This being so, I should like you to reconsider your answer. You have a "free hand" in the terms of this correspondence, and I hope you will see your way to completing the decorations, in the matter of which I know it is difficult to be absolutely exact.
'Yours truly, ' SOAMES FORSYTE.'
Bosinney's answer, which came in the course of the next day, was:
'DEAR FORSYTE, 'Very well.
OLD JOLYON AT THE ZOO
OLD JOLYON disposed of his second meeting--an ordinary Board--summarily. He was so dictatorial that his fellow directors were left in cabal over the increasing domineeringness of old Forsyte, which they were far from intending to stand much longer, they said.