"Then don't you think he can be made to?" "In what way?" "Why, by his coming down. The rector looked at him again in silence. "You reminded him that Quint was only a base menial?" "As you might say! And it was his answer, for one thing, that was bad. " I can't name the exquisite pathos of the contradiction given to such a speech by such a speaker; I only know that the next instant I heard myself throw off with homely force: "Stuff and nonsense!" But the next after that I must have sounded stern enough.