Mary and Edward ... but it is a
bit late. Why didn't you call earlier?
I missed a train, then a bus.
Really. That was a bit careless,
wasn't it? Well,
I suppose you'd better come in. I'm Harry Sallis. And this is my wife,
Well, what's your name?
Bridges. John Bridges.
And you know Mary and Edward?
Yes, very well. I've known them for years. They said as I was in this
part of the country ...
I'm sorry it's so late. It's really inexcusable.
And how are Mary and Edward?
Oh, very well. They sent you
their best wishes.
a bit late: a little late, somewhat late
careless: thoughtless, without proper consideration
country: countryside, rural area
sent you their best wishes: sent you their compliments