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Chapter 12 (continued)
'Our meeting, Haredale,' said Mr Chester, tapping his snuff-box, and following with a smile the impatient gesture he had made-- perhaps unconsciously--towards his sword, 'is one of conference and peace, I hope?'
'I have come here,' returned the other, 'at your desire, holding myself bound to meet you, when and where you would. I have not come to bandy pleasant speeches, or hollow professions. You are a smooth man of the world, sir, and at such play have me at a disadvantage. The very last man on this earth with whom I would enter the lists to combat with gentle compliments and masked faces, is Mr Chester, I do assure you. I am not his match at such weapons, and have reason to believe that few men are.'
'You do me a great deal of honour Haredale,' returned the other, most composedly, 'and I thank you. I will be frank with you--'
'I beg your pardon--will be what?'
'Hab!' cried Mr Haredale, drawing his breath. 'But don't let me interrupt you.'
'So resolved am I to hold this course,' returned the other, tasting his wine with great deliberation; 'that I have determined not to quarrel with you, and not to be betrayed into a warm expression or a hasty word.'
'There again,' said Mr Haredale, 'you have me at a great advantage. Your self-command--'
'Is not to be disturbed, when it will serve my purpose, you would say'--rejoined the other, interrupting him with the same complacency. 'Granted. I allow it. And I have a purpose to serve now. So have you. I am sure our object is the same. Let us attain it like sensible men, who have ceased to be boys some time.-- Do you drink?'
'With my friends,' returned the other.
'At least,' said Mr Chester, 'you will be seated?'
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