"That's pretty close to what we figured," said Mr. Rhodes, head of the firm.
"That's exactly what we figured," said Mr. Reinhardt, the draftsman.
"I wonder if we could use smaller engines?" said Mr. Metcalf, back-watering slightly.
Mr. Rhodes said that was possible. The test graphs showed the boat could drop 100 hp with the loss of only one knot. But Rhodes managed, nonetheless, to convey the impression that the boat should be launched as originally planned.
Mr. Metcalf nodded and wrote something on a piece of yellow paper. Mr. Murray pulled the model, dripping, from the tank and held it at arm's length overhead. Designers and owner moved in some ceremonial stooping, peering, and tracing of hull lines with forefingers. Then, having been assured by the Stevens Institute of the perspicacity of the Rhodes firm, the party shuffled out.
Good golfing folk
Make clergymen shy;
After every stroke
Comes another lie.
—Irwin L. Stein