A little hard-headed, Ripstone pippin-faced man, was conversing with a fat old gentleman in one corner; and two or three more old gentlemen, and two or three more old ladies, sat bolt upright and motionless on their chairs, staring very hard at Mr.
There ain't a better spot o' ground in all Kent, sir,' said the hard-headed man with the pippin--face; 'there ain't indeed, sir-- I'm sure there ain't, Sir.
There ain't a better spot o' ground in all Kent,' said the hard-headed man again, after a pause.
The hard-headed man looked dubiously round, but finding himself in a minority, assumed a compassionate air and said no more.
Saying which, the old lady, quite unconscious that she had spoken above a whisper, drew herself up, and looked carving-knives at the hard-headed delinquent.
But the barrister added: "Talented and popular he might have been, the Crown say he was nevertheless a hard-headed
businessman, with a financial acumen and pecuniary sense of his influence to his employers.