The next moment he was as ready for sport as any unbreeched infant: far readier than the Collector's junior clerk
, who at nineteen years was much the elder and graver man of the two.
But he couldn't replenish it, for Scrooge kept the coal-box in his own room; and so surely as the clerk
came in with the shovel, the master predicted that it would be necessary for them to part.
I began to say that I hoped I was not interrupting - when the clerk
shoved this gentleman out with as little ceremony as I ever saw used, and tossing his fur cap out after him, left me alone.
Truly,'' said the knight, ``Holy Clerk
of Copmanhurst, men call me in these parts the Black Knight, many, sir, add to it the epithet of Sluggard, whereby I am no way ambitious to be distinguished.
I thank you, sir;" and the clerk
laid the two sheets of paper alongside and sedulously compared their contents.
Even as he did so he thought he perceived a certain haziness of eye and speech in his trustee; but he was too hopeful to be stayed, silenced the voice of warning in his bosom, and with one and the same gesture committed the money to the clerk
, and himself into the hands of destiny.
No, your worship," returned the clerk
, "it is mine.
A shorter clerk
came behind the first, a taller clerk
behind the second, a stripling of a dozen years rising behind the third.
Hunsden was a manufacturer and a millowner, and I was only a clerk
, and my instinct propelled me from my superior.
Colbert, destined for trade, had been clerk
in Lyons to a merchant, whom he had quitted to come to Paris in the office of a Chatelet procureur named Biterne.
On the other side, an ancient clerk
, skilful in precedents, wary in proceeding, and understanding in the business of the court, is an excellent finger of a court; and doth many times point the way to the judge himself.
But even I could see at a glance that there was nothing of the detective and everything of the clerk
about the very young man who had joined us at last upon the landing.
Below sat the clerk
of the court, scribbling; opposite was the populace; and in front of the door, and in front of the table were many sergeants of the provostship in sleeveless jackets of violet camlet, with white crosses.
Presently a clerk
came in and then another; they glanced at Philip and in an undertone asked the office-boy (Philip found his name was Macdougal) who he was.
exclaimed another passenger, a shabbily dressed man of about forty, who looked like a clerk
, and possessed a red nose and a very blotchy face.