“- fighting dirty,” says Al. “If I got tangled up with you, I might break your neck. I wouldn’t like that. You see, Fred, I’m quite fond of you, too.”
“Thanks,” says Fred.
“But I don’t like the idea of you sneaking around corners to see Peggy,” continues Al, “taking her love on a bootleg basis. I give you fair warning, I’m gonna do everything I can to keep her away from you, to help her forget about you and get her married to some decent guy who’ll make her happy.”
There’s a long pause between the two men.
“Then I guess that’s it, Al,” says Fred. “I don’t see her any more. I’ll put that in the form of a guarantee. I won’t see her any more. I’ll call her up and tell her so. That satisfy you?”
“Yeah,” says Al.
“Anything -” begins Fred.