In the house halfway up the next block, Rush reads from his 3rd Lt Stanley novel. He describes a scene of romantic adventure until Sade has had enough and breaks out with letting Vic know that she invited Mr Sludge to spend the night. He’s such a big mama’s boy, and too bashful to spend the night alone.
After Sade talks with the timid man on the phone, Rush goes back to a swashbuckling passage in his book. The scene alternates between calls from the timid, bashful caller, and Rush reading about the brave 3rd Lt Stanley. What a contrast. Eventually, Rush agrees to go to walk the nervous Mr Sludge over when Vic is just too disgusted to do it.