The two gladiators fell upon each other's neck, with floods of proud and happy tears; that other second embraced me; the surgeons, the orators, the undertakers
, the police, everybody embraced, everybody congratulated, everybody cried, and the whole atmosphere was filled with praise and with joy unspeakable.
said the undertaker in a tone which half admitted and half disputed the probability of the event.
Though I must say,' continued the undertaker, resuming the current of observations which the beadle had interrupted: 'though I must say, Mr.
And they made it a special verdict, I think,' said the undertaker, 'by adding some words to the effect, that if the relieving officer had--'
Mr Bumble lifted off his cocked hat; took a handkerchief from the inside of the crown; wiped from his forehead the perspiration which his rage had engendered; fixed the cocked hat on again; and, turning to the undertaker, said in a calmer voice:
My friend," said the Undertaker
Who Was a Member of a Trust, "this is a most hateful and injurious scheme.
When the place was packed full the undertaker he slid around in his black gloves with his softy soother- ing ways, putting on the last touches, and getting people and things all ship-shape and comfortable, and making no more sound than a cat.
But pretty soon they see that long-legged undertaker make a sign to the preacher as much as to say, "Don't you worry -- just depend on me.
Well, the funeral sermon was very good, but pison long and tiresome; and then the king he shoved in and got off some of his usual rubbage, and at last the job was through, and the undertaker begun to sneak up on the coffin with his screw-driver.
I quite understand, sir," said the undertaker
, "you don't want any show and that--I'm not a believer in ostentation myself, mind you--but you want it done gentlemanly-like.
The undertaker had certainly done his work well, for the room was turned into a small chapelle ardente.
The undertaker, true to his craft, had made the best display he could of his goods, and there was a mortuary air about the place that lowered our spirits at once.
The undertaker seemed shocked at his own stupidity and exerted himself to restore things to the condition in which we left them the night before, so that when Arthur came such shocks to his feelings as we could avoid were saved.
It reminded me too painfully of that San Francisco undertaker
who used to go to sick-beds with his watch in his hand and time the corpse.
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker
will be sorry.