Lord Darlington's sole purpose in acknowledging his former acquaintance with Miss Fairchild had been motivated from politeness and a vague recollection that she had been a personable young lady. He had meant only to exchange a few civilities before going on his way. Now, however, his sometimes perverse sense of humor had gotten in the way. The music was drawing to a close, and soon another gentleman might appear to claim her. Certain that he could irritate Mr. Crocker further, he turned to Miss Fairchild. "Will you honor me with the next set, Miss Fairchilde?"
She appeared astonished. "Why-Why, of course, my lord! I shall like it very much."
(Excerpt from book. Very good story!)