Be excessively good-natured and condescending, especially when everybody
knows he may become a lord as soon as another noble lord chooses to die.
Everybody knew also of Sir Digby's passion for Gerty Keane, and for this
very reason used to say sneering and ill-natured things behind the
baronet's back; for people were not a whit better in those "good old
times" than they are now. Whenever Sir Digby sailed into a drawing-room
that happened to possess a sprinkling of marriageable girls of various
ages, from sixteen to--say sixty, he sailed into an ocean of smiles; but
if Gerty were there, he appeared to notice no one else in the room.
Whenever Sir Digby sailed out again, their tongues began to wag, both
male and female tongues, but particularly the latter. But on the
particular evening when Sir Digby Auld solicited an interview with
Gerty, he had dressed wi