The phoenix was to let, on this elevated perch, when Mr Dorrit, who had lately succeeded to his property, mentioned to his bankers that he wished to discover a lady, well-bred, accomplished, well connected, well accustomed to good society, who was qualified at once to complete the education of his daughters, and to be their matron or chaperon.
'I cannot object,' said Mrs General--'though even that is disagreeable to me--to Mr Dorrit's inquiring, in confidence of my friends here, what amount they have been accustomed, at quarterly intervals, to pay to my credit at my bankers'.'
Then offer him double that sum; a banker never loses an opportunity of doubling his capital."
"Your excellency may depend upon me." The Count made a gesture of satisfaction, descended the terrace steps, and sprang into his carriage, which was whirled along swiftly to the banker's house.
At the height of the storm, on a Saturday evening, the New York bankers
met in an almost desperate conference.
"But what other is there?" cried the banker with a gesture of despair.
I confess that the guilt of the banker's son appeared to me to be as obvious as it did to his unhappy father, but still I had such faith in Holmes' judgment that I felt that there must be some grounds for hope as long as he was dissatisfied with the accepted explanation.
For he never travelled without a case of swords, with which he had fought many brilliant duels, or without a corresponding case for his mandolin, with which he had actually serenaded Miss Ethel Harrogate, the highly conventional daughter of a Yorkshire banker on a holiday.
The banker and his beautiful English daughter were staying at the hotel attached to Muscari's restaurant; that was why it was his favourite restaurant.
"Saved you by a lie, didn't she?" the banker
Lydgate," the banker
observed, after a brief pause.
"Take that to the banker
's, and bring back a five-hundred pound note," she said.
This the Banker
suggested, and offered for hire(On moderate terms), or for sale, Two excellent Policies, one Against Fire, And one Against Damage From Hail.
The minister's wife (a cloak), the banker
's daughters (the new sleeve) - they had but to pass our window once, and the scalp, so to speak, was in my mother's hands.
"I have got the address of your banker
's correspondent in Paris.