Hilary, however, shook his hand, faded now to skin and bone, and motioned him to a chair.
He sat down on the edge of it, and again said:
"Not at all. Is there anything I can do?"
Creed took off his spectacles, wiped them to help himself to see more clearly what he had to say, and put them on again.
"It's a-concerning of these domestic matters," he said. "I come up to tell yer, knowing as you're interested in this family."
"Well," said Hilary. "What has happened?"
"It's along of the young girl's having left them, as you may know."
"It's brought things to a crisax," explained Creed.