If the two knaves who had espied him earlier had known his business, they might have taken more than a passing interest in the cartographer, who now strode up to Gresham's College as though he were Sir Thomas Gresham himself or some similar person who could lay claim to the place.
Within moments, Samuel Pepys himself had hurried to Arch's side and greeted him enthusiastically—never a good sign that. "Arch! Just the man I want to see!" exclaimed the president of the Royal Society.
"Sir Christopher advised me of your return, and I have to say this comes not a moment too soon."
Arch grunted, and the two men continued along the hall.
"Yes. Well. You heard of Herr Leibniz's work, yes? It's sent the whole Society into a bloody uproar, it has, and I have to admit—though I'm no sensationalist—the whole affair has me surprisingly tickled."
At this Arch's interest was actually piqued, and he stopped to face Pepys. Th