"All right," Brown said. "Give me a minute to think."
At this point Archie Mudge, vice-president of Hanover Shoe, walked into Sheppard's office. Sheppard's back was to the door; he didn't see Mudge come in. Mudge didn't know who was on the other end of the line. He couldn't hear Brown's voice, of course; neither could Simpson.
Brown's voice came back.
"Would you pay $15,000?" he said.
"You've just sold yourself a horse," Sheppard said.
"I want in," Mudge announced.
Sheppard put down the phone.
"O.K., Archie," he said. "You're in."
"Fine," Mudge said. "Whom did we buy?"
"Hickory Smoke," Simpson said.