Gladys, seeing Nelda moving in on the detective's right, took his other arm.
It was past eleven when he arrived, and for once, Nelda got home early.
Nelda was at the wheel, and Gladys, beside her on the front seat, raised a white-gloved hand in the thumbs-up salute.
Nelda and Geraldine hate each other like Greeks and Trojans.
Nelda is the nymphomaniac sister, and Geraldine is the dipsomaniac.
"Mr. Rivers is offering us ten thousand dollars," Nelda retorted.
Doubtless he expected Nelda to launch a counter-offensive, as a matter of principle.
"Oh, Walters was always in here, going over the pistols," Nelda said.
As usual, Geraldine was absent; Dunmore and Nelda were already at the table, eating in silence.
Nelda greeted him with a trowelful of sweetness and a dash of bedroom-bait.