Thumps were exchanged from the tops of the carriages and omnibuses
which had been blocked up in the crowd.
The faces of these people were haggard, and their entire appearance contrasted conspicuously with the Sabbath-best appearance of the people on the omnibuses
But he had a magic and minute knowledge of the Westminster omnibuses
, and indeed of the whole omnibus system of London, the colors and numbers of which he knew as a herald knows heraldry.
She was sure that presently the hoardings, the quarries, the one-story saloons, the wooden green-houses in ragged gardens, and the rocks from which goats surveyed the scene, would vanish before the advance of residences as stately as her own--perhaps (for she was an impartial woman) even statelier; and that the cobble- stones over which the old clattering omnibuses
bumped would be replaced by smooth asphalt, such as people reported having seen in Paris.
People were hurrying past them on the pavement, and cabs and omnibuses
rolled by noisily.
And then had come the railway, and then villas and villas, and then the gas-works and the water-works, and a great, ugly sea of workmen's houses, and then drainage, and the water vanished out of the Otterbourne and left it a dreadful ditch, and then a second railway station, Bun Hill South, and more houses and more, more shops, more competition, plate-glass shops, a school-board, rates, omnibuses
, tramcars--going right away into London itself--bicycles, motor-cars and then more motor-cars, a Carnegie library.
With the omnibuses
and cabs still running in his head, and his body still tingling with his quick walk along the streets and in and out of traffic and foot-passengers, this drawing-room seemed very remote and still; and the faces of the elderly people were mellowed, at some distance from each other, and had a bloom on them owing to the fact that the air in the drawing-room was thickened by blue grains of mist.