"Well, my honest-to-God name is Sarah Nevada Montague; Sarah for Ma and Nevada for Reno where Ma had to stop off for me--she was out of the company two weeks--and if you ever tell a soul I'll have the law on you. That was a fine way to abuse a helpless baby, wasn't it?"
"But Sarah is all right. I like Sarah."
"Do you, Kid?" She patted his hand. "All right, then, but it's only for your personal use."
"Of course the Nevada--" he hesitated. "It does sound kind of like a geography lesson or something. But I think I'll call you Sarah, I mean when we're alone." "Well, that's more than Ma ever does, and you bet it'll never get into my press notices. But go ahead if you want to."
"I will, Sarah. It sounds more like a true woman than 'Flips.'"
"Bless the child's heart," she murmured, and reached across the lunch box to pat his hand again.
"You're a great little patter, Sarah," he observed with one of his infrequent attempts at humour.
On still another day, while they idled between scenes, she talked to him about salaries and contracts, again with her important air of mothering him.