"But how—at the worst?"
"Oh, 'the worst'—don't talk about the worst! I can keep them quiet at the best, I seem to feel, simply by our being there. It will work, from week to week, of itself. You'll see."
He was willing enough to see, but he desired to provide—! "Yet if it doesn't work?"
"Ah, that's talking about the worst!"
Well, it might be; but what were they doing, from morning to night, at this crisis, but talk? "Who'll... more...