When Cassandra remained silent, Mr. van Manfeld asked: 'May I come in? I daresay I'm unwelcome, but I've sent Jan on to the village and if you shut the door on me, I shall probably go the wrong way and fall in a ditch - think what shocking headlines that would make! "Cruel beauty abandons blind man to his fate" - or...'
'Come in, do,' said Cassandra crossly even while she sternly repressed laughter. 'And how many times do I have to tell you that I'm no beauty?'