"It's no better."And off she went.
"It's no better?"
"Nay, lad. It's no better."
"No better than..."
"It's no better than the last time I came in and telled you."
"So... do you want me to..."
"I just thought I'd come in and tell you it were no better."
As the worker in question was a relative, Bronwyn couldn't resist asking: "what was all that about?"
"I've no idea. I was hoping that if I kept her talking long enough she might give me a clue but she wasn't having any of it."