Here is the beginning of an O Henry short story titles Hearts and Crosses:
I am confused by that last sentence. The reason is because I don't understand the word "consultee", as it's not in any dictionary, online or offline. Is O Henry referring to the consultee being the bottle? I understand that Baldy was in consultation, but I don't understand the next part. Can anyone help in clarifying its meaning?Baldy Woods reached for the bottle, and got it. Whenever Baldy went for anything he usually - but this is not Baldy's story. He poured out a third drink that was larger by a finger than the first and second. Baldy was in consultation; and the consultee is worthy of his hire.