"Pray God to give you wisdom and strength," Sachsen advised gravely.
Now, Sachsen, answer me truthfully, has this Peter Gross an eye for women?
Peter Gross made a gesture of dissent, but Sachsen did not let him interrupt.
"It is Holland's good fortune that you are here," Sachsen declared.
"'Let the strong take heed lest they fall,'" Sachsen quoted quietly.
"Mynheer Gross is an American, therefore he is chivalrous," Sachsen observed.
"Tell me about it," Sachsen urged, with an imperceptible gesture to the governor to say nothing.
The wrinkled features of the all-knowing Sachsen crinkled with a smile of inspiration.
Sachsen's odd smile, that seemed to find a philosophic humor in everything, deepened.
At a word from his superior, Sachsen tucked the papers he had been studying into a portfolio.