You can't imagine how ridiculous you and the young ladies look, and how absurdly unaware of it you all seem to be." For the first time in his life, the reverend and ready-witted
man of the world is at a loss for an answer.
my good lords, by the light of Our Lady's brow, I held ye sage men, bold men, ready-witted
men; yet ye throw down wealth, honour, pleasure, all that our noble game promised you, at the moment it might be won by one bold cast!''