" [....] Get invited to his home, socially. Meet Mr. Rony, and form an opinion of him. More important, form one of the daughter, as intimately and comprehensively as possible. Make appointments with her. Seize and hold her attention. You should be able to displace Mr. Rony in a week, a fortnight at the most-- and that's the objective.""I'll be damned." I shook my head reproachfully. "You mean make a pass at her.""Your terms are yours, and I prefer mine. Mr. Sperling said his daughter is excessively curious. Transfer her curiosity from Mr. Rony to you.""You mean break her heart.""You can stop this side of tragedy.""Yeah, and I can stop this side of starting." I looked righteous and outraged. "You've gone a little too far. I like being a detective, and I like being a man, with all that implies, but I refuse to degrade whatever glamour I may--""Archie!" He snapped it."Yes, sir.""With how many young women whom you met originally through your association with my business have you established personal relationships?""Between five and six thousand. But that's not--""I'm merely suggesting that you reverse the process and establish the personal relationship first. What's wrong with that?""Everything." I shrugged. "Okay. Maybe nothing. It depends. I'll take a look at her."