✅✅✅Malone, weary but puzzled. “Did Oliver say Sir Charles? What can we do for you?”
“It may be what I can do for you,” he said. “I understand you’re waiting for the results of your funding application.”
“How do you know that?” said Dr. Payne.
“I used to be a civil servant. As a matter of fact, I was concerned with directing scientific policy. I still have a number of contacts in the field, and I heard… May I sit down?”✅