Horace nodded but sank slightly into the chair. His mustache drooped as he stared down at his hands. "I am not sure about that though. I mean, even if she was interested in...you know...I am sure she is ethical enough not to pursue a student, right? I mean, who would do that?" he asked with clueless irony.
Lavender had to bite her hand not to make a noise. Thankfully, she managed. She felt a little bad wanting to laugh, Professor Slughorn was being sweet even if he was totally clueless.
He seemed to ponder for almost a minute longer. He scratched his chin. "I wish there was a way I could help...Horace's tone got a little higher at the end as he looked up at the ceiling as if on the verge of an idea.