The million pound banknote
'I'm so grateful! Just once more to find human interest in some voice and in some eye, in me and affairs of mine, after what I've been through here - lord! I could go down on my knees for it!' He gripped my hand hard, and braced up, and was all right and lively after that for the dinner - which didn't come off.
No; the usual thing happened, the thing that is always happening under that vicious and aggravating English system - the matter of precedence couldn't be settled, and so there was no dinner. Englishmen always eat dinner before they go out to dinner, because they know the risks they are running; but nobody ever warns the stranger, and so he walks placidly into the trap.