She passed her tinkling hand through his hair, calling him a little rascal. Some seem to believe that our politics can afford to be petty because, in a time of peace, the stakes of our debates appear small. We were held by it a minute; then I answered: "They can destroy them!" At this my companion did turn, but the inquiry she launched was a silent one, the effect of which was to make me more explicit. With them they will be unnecessary.