Hanging on the telephone

Tulkinghorn has never had much patience with babbling fools, but one City managing partner has even less time for them. If he gets a call from one of his partners and they start moaning at him, he carefully places the receiver in a plastic bag, puts it in a drawer, closes the drawer and then heads down the hall to get a coffee. And it’s not at all unusual for the person in question to be still ranting and have noticed nothing at all when he gets back.