And then to Brown: "I don't know whether you've met Colonel Cray of the Royal Artillery.
Colonel Cray was regarding his host with a strange and steady stare.
Father Brown gathered, from the course of the conversation, that Cray, the other gourmet, had to leave before the usual lunch-time; but that Putnam, his host, not to be done out of a final feast with an old crony, had arranged for a special dejeuner to be set out and consumed in the course of the morning, while Audrey and other graver persons were at morning service.
During the last words Cray had sprung or staggered to his feet and was regarding the cleric with agitated eyes.
Before he could quite recover himself Cray had cloven in.
Colonel Cray leaned forward a little and clutched the tablecloth.
And Cray lay in a deck-chair, gasping as for life, but alive.