'I hear that you are still stuck fast,' began Jasper, when they had smoked awhile in silence.
'Getting rather serious, I should fear, isn't it?'
'Yes,' repeated Reardon, in a low voice.
'Come, come, old man, you can't go on in this way. Would it, or wouldn't it, be any use if you took a seaside holiday?'
'Not the least. I am incapable of holiday, if the opportunity were offered. Do something I must, or I shall fret myself into imbecility.'
'I shall try to manufacture two volumes. They needn't run to more than about two hundred and seventy pages, and those well spaced out.'
'This is refreshing. This is practical. But look now: let it be something rather sensational. Couldn't we invent a good title-- something to catch eye and ear? The title would suggest the story, you know.'
Reardon laughed contemptuously, but the scorn was directed rather against himself than Milvain.