'I have been waiting for an opportunity of telling you that I am Mr Boffin's Secretary.'
'I am as wise as ever,' said Miss Bella, loftily, 'for I don't know what a Secretary is.
'But my position there as Secretary, will be very different from yours as guest.
To be Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the greatest power which the world had as yet known must certainly seem, on paper, to be as brilliant a post as a man's ambition could covet.
His secretary approached Bransome and touched him on the shoulder.
'And how much more!' cried the secretary, looking upwards.
'By force of reason too,' returned the pliant secretary.
It would be difficult to convey an adequate idea of the excited manner in which he gave these answers to the secretary's promptings; of the rapidity of his utterance, or the violence of his tone and gesture; in which, struggling through his Puritan's demeanour, was something wild and ungovernable which broke through all restraint.
"I wouldn't figure on that," observed the secretary, with a downward glance as though at the prostrate Raffles.
"Then you can save yourself the trouble," rejoined the secretary, as he dived under the octagonal table, and came up with a small black bag that I knew at a glance.
The bag was so heavy now that the secretary used both hands to get it on the table.
We had a long and uninteresting search for Caprona, for the old map upon which the assistant secretary
had finally located it was most inaccurate.