Tracing my way back along the chain of events, from one end to the other, I find it necessary to open the scene, oddly enough as you will think, at the bedside of my excellent client and friend, the late Sir John Verinder.
In the majority of cases, I am afraid I should have felt it my duty to my client to ask him to reconsider his Will.
By the way," he said, "your clients in Cumberland have not heard anything more of the woman who wrote the anonymous letter, have they?
Turned into plain English, it practically expressed itself to this effect: "Would dear Gilmore be so very obliging as not to worry his friend and client about such a trifle as a remote contingency?
Now, I warned you before," said he, throwing his forefinger at the terrified client, "that if you ever presumed to talk in that way here, I'd make an example of you.
The client looked scared, but bewildered too, as if he were unconscious what he had done.
It is probable that the loss of the phoenix of clerks, even to a rival practitioner, would not have broken Mr Brass's heart; but, pretending great alacrity, he rose from his seat, and going to the door, returned, introducing his client
, who led by the hand no less a person than Mr Richard Swiveller.
The client throws his hat and gloves upon the ground--tosses them anywhere, without looking after them or caring where they go; flings himself into a chair, half sighing and half groaning; rests his aching head upon his hand and looks the portrait of young despair.
Vholes, sitting with his arms on the desk, quietly bringing the tips of his five right fingers to meet the tips of his five left fingers, and quietly separating them again, and fixedly and slowly looking at his client, replies, "A good deal is doing, sir.
Since I last had the pleasure of communicating with you on this subject, my position toward my client
is entirely altered.
The lawyer bowed respectfully, let his client
out of the door, and, left alone, gave himself up to his sense of amusement.
Elberry, my client
, and let you know whether he cares to touch the matter.
The attorney named a large sum, at hazard, as the advance he should require to secure himself against the possibility of loss; but more with the view of ascertaining how far his client
was really disposed to go, than with any idea that he would comply with the demand.
Because an illustrious client
has placed her piteous case in my hands.
Liverpool was a little tired of answering questions, and more than a little tired of this mysterious client