It is interesting that that is how he has ended: he hires himself out to read the psalms over the dead, and at the same time he kills rats and makes blacking
I am, monsieur; but this morning I was with him as he was dressing, and I let a bottle of blacking
fall over his new dress, and he flew at me sword in hand, so that I was obliged to make my escape.
My location, to be sure, was an excellent one, being central, and I had capital blacking
Cheese, butter, firewood, soap, pickles, matches, bacon, table-beer, peg-tops, sweetmeats, boys' kites, bird-seed, cold ham, birch brooms, hearth- stones, salt, vinegar, blacking
, red-herrings, stationery, lard, mushroom-ketchup, staylaces, loaves of bread, shuttlecocks, eggs, and slate pencil; everything was fish that came to the net of this greedy little shop, and all articles were in its net.
This fact will account for the rapturous mood in which Polly found herself when, after making her bonnet, washing and ironing her best set, blacking
her boots and mending her fan, she at last, like Consuelo, "put on a little dress of black silk" and, with the smaller adornments pinned up in a paper, started for the Shaws', finding it difficult to walk decorously when her heart was dancing in her bosom.