There came another opening of the door. A little hairy man entered. He wore spectacles and was dressed in black. He carried a paper parcel which he laid upon the table. He looked a little doubtful at Joan. Mary introduced them. His name was Julius Simson. He shook hands as if under protest.
"As friends of Mary Stopperton," he said, "we meet on neutral ground. But in all matters of moment I expect we are as far asunder as the poles. I stand for the People."
"We ought to be comrades," answered Joan, with a smile. "I, too, am trying to help the People."
"You and your class," said Mr. Simson, "are friends enough to the People, so long as they remember that they are the People, and keep their proper place--at the bottom. I am for putting the People at the top."
"Then they will be the Upper Classes," suggested Joan. "And I may still have to go on fighting for the rights of the lower orders."
"In this world," explained Mr. Simson, "someone has got to be Master. The only question is who."
Mary had unwrapped the paper parcel. It contained half a sheep's head. "How would you like it done?" she whispered.
Mr. Simson considered. There came a softer look into his eyes. "How did you do it last time?" he asked. "It came up brown, I remember, with thick gravy."