"What sort of price is the owner asking for the property?" Mr. Blandings inquired. The sham of his casualness was apparent even to his wife... The real-estate man's response was casual, too, but it had the benefit of twenty years of practice. "I think he1s asking $15,000," he said, "but if you want my opinion, I think you could get it for less." He turned a gaze of steady, manly frankness on Mrs. Blandings. "Maybe for a whole lot less," he said, very quietly, and with a smile that let Mrs. Blandings know he was not in the habit of using on everyone, "if he really took a shine to his prospective buyers."-Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.
Novel, by Eric Hodgins, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1946."