Pierre and His People, [Tales of the Far North], Volume 1. The young man did not hear this speech; from the window he was watching Sergeant Fones as he rode towards the Big Divide. Old Aleck was meanwhile dilating upon his theme before a passive listener. But Pierre was only passive outwardly. Besides hearkening to the father's complaints he was closely watching the son. Pierre was clever, and a good actor. He had learned the power of reserve and outward immobility. The Indian in him helped him there. He had heard what Young Aleck had just muttered.