He resolved to be as prudent as possible, and avoid, as far as he could, any altercation with Haley.
Heyward saw, by the manner of the scout, that altercation would be useless.
It was not an altercation; there was evidently nothing the least exciting in the colloquy.
Then the sound of the altercation overhead smote him too with alarm.
The waiter with whom I had seen Herbert ...