"You're Denis Hulme, aren't you?" she said.
"Yes, ma'am," Hulme said politely.
"You're from New Zealand?"
"My son-in-law is from New Zealand. Christchurch."
"Oh, yes, ma'am," Hulme said, "I know the place."
"He's married to my daughter. She's a professor. All three of my daughters are professors. And my son-in-law, he's a doctor."
"Yes, ma'am," Hulme said, feeling now the same sort of embarrassment that Dustin Hoffman felt in The Graduate just before he perceived what Mrs. Robinson had in mind. "You must be very proud."
McLaren put his head down, barely suppressing a grin.
Finally she left. Hulme stood up and slammed the side of his car. "Lord," he said, "they bend your ear. I'm all seized up."