Steiner's marking "Sarcastic-like" for this variant implies that he does not feel the music is sincere, representing Leslie's deception of the men; it could also be linked with Leslie's somewhat sarcastic statement "You are all very kind!"
Robert comforts Leslie
[m. 48] Sarcastic-like!!! (I'm getting "subtle!" "If you please!") / pp / a tempo; [m. 52] rit
[m. 48] Mrs. Crosby, may I say; [m. 50] You were all very kind!