"It isn't only the way he's built," persisted Hastings, "he looks as if he were going to be somebody some day. Introduce me to him, will you?"
"Certainly," said Victoria. "Mr. Vane," she called, "I want to introduce an admirer, Mr. Hastings Weare."
"I just wanted to know you," said Hastings, reddening, "and Victoria--I mean Miss Flint--said she'd introduce me."
"I'm much obliged to her," said Austen, smiling.
"Are you in politics?" asked Hastings.
"I'm afraid not," answered Austen, with a glance at Victoria.
"You're not helping Humphrey Crewe, are you?"
"No," said Austen, and added with an illuminating smile, "Mr. Crewe doesn't need any help."