“What about her?” asks Al. “Where does she fit in this romantic situation?”
“Is that any of your business?” replies Fred.
“That’s what Peggy said – that it’s none of my business,” says Al.
“Oh, you’ve had her on the carpet, too,” says Fred.
“She volunteered some information to her mother and me,” replies Al. “You see, we have a rather unusual relationship in our family. It may seem corny and mid-Victorian, but we tell each other things. I happen to be quite fond of Peggy, and I…”
“You don’t want her mixed up with a heel,” says Fred.
“I haven’t called you a heel. Yet,” replies Al. “I just don’t want to see her get into this mess.”
There’s a pause in the conversation.
“OK, chum, what do we do now?” asks Fred. “Step out and settle this thing in the alley?”
“I wouldn’t want to recommend that as a solution,” says Al. “I’ve learned a lot of tricks.”