He wondered how his father, whom he knew for a shrewd suspicious man, could be duped by the servile manners of the porter; and the lively southern speech which had entertained him all the morning now irritated his ears. I stopped, I almost dropped, with the real relief of this; but I took in the whole scene--I gave him time to reappear. Are you as bad as that? asked Moynihan with a broad grin. My voice holds them at bay.