Dr Slammer is upset
The stranger crossed the room; and, stood against a mantelpiece. He began to look at the fat face of the little old lady with polite, yet rather sad, admiration. From there things went very quickly, leaving Mr Tupman silent with astonishment. While the little doctor was dancing with another lady; the widow dropped her fan. The stranger picked it up, and gave it back. They smiled, she responded to his bow and they talked for a few moments.