"Eh, wha? An honor? Oh my, yes." The ancient Artificer seemed a little confused for a moment, there. Rin did say he was old and kinda out-there. Then again, what Wizards weren't?'
"Lady Shiranui? Oh, fuff! The old fox is a treacherous whore. She wants something. That's just how her kind are. Oh my, yes, they always want something from us. It's how they are." I guess he didn't have a very high opinion of women? "Student of the mysteries? What, you're a Wizard? Ah, that takes me back. How many centuries has it been, now, since I taught, back at Brookhaven. Longer, still, since I was a student there. And then there was the old fox. Treacherous she-devil. You're her errand-boy now, but you won't be forever, youngster. She'll get bored of you and cast you aside. Or you'll say 'the wrong thing' because they always hate to hear the truth, and she'll cast you aside! And then she'll cast you aside!" He seemed rather agitated, until he cooled down. "Er, uh, what was I saying?" He seemed to zone out for a few more moments before finding his footing again as the golem stomped over to show him the book. "Good news, everyone, I accept her gift. You may leave." He then paused for a moment. "Er, uh, wait. You didn't uh, read the thing, did you? And, good heavens, certainly not aloud? Because that would just be disastrous. Oh my, yes. "