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Mr Bredon looked around the consulting room, which was more than usually festooned with more than usually mysterious things in jars, and considered the bearer of bad tidings seated on the other side of the desk. Considering the blow he had just delivered, the man looked quite inconsiderately cheerful, although that might have been his natural expression. Bredon wrenched his thoughts back from what one might visit upon naturally cheerful people with a couple of heavy jars, and addressed the situation at hand.
‘I hesitate to impugn a man of your professional standing, Dibbins, but you are quite sure that it isn’t cancer?’
ETA: If anyone has any references/links for info on the British Library c. 1926 they would be gratefully received.