Before she could reach it, however, it was opened from without; being a primitive sort of door, with a latch, that any one could lift if he chose--and a good many people did choose, for all kinds of neighbours liked to have a cheerful word or two with the Carrier, though he was no great talker himself.
The Carrier put his hand into a pocket of the coat he had taken off; and brought out, carefully preserved in moss and paper, a tiny flower-pot.
With Care,' returned the Carrier, looking over his shoulder.
Why, it's our wedding-day too,' exclaimed the Carrier.
A word with you,' murmured Tackleton, nudging the Carrier with his elbow, and taking him a little apart.
The Carrier had some faint idea of adding, 'dote upon you.
But the Carrier, though slow to understand the full drift of his meaning, eyed him in such a serious manner, that he was obliged to be a little more explanatory.
The Carrier looked at her, and then at him, and then at her, and then at him again.
I think,' observed the Carrier, 'that I should chuck any man out of window, who said there wasn't.
The Carrier was puzzled, and made uncomfortable and uncertain, in spite of himself.
The Carrier had been so much astounded by his little wife, and so busily engaged in soothing and tending her, that he had scarcely been conscious of the Stranger's presence, until now, when he again stood there, their only guest.
said the Carrier, surprised by the rapidity of this consent.
As she hurried off to do it, the flutter of her spirits, and the agitation of her manner, were so strange that the Carrier stood looking after her, quite confounded.
With that unaccountable attraction of the mind to trifles, which is often incidental to a state of doubt and confusion, the Carrier as he walked slowly to and fro, found himself mentally repeating even these absurd words, many times.
As to the tobacco, she was perfect mistress of the subject; and her lighting of the pipe, with a wisp of paper, when the Carrier had it in his mouth--going so very near his nose, and yet not scorching it--was Art, high Art.