'The night of her bespeak. Her benefit night, when her friends and patrons bespeak the play,' said Mr Crummles.
It would be of material service--the gentleman from London--author of the new piece--actor in the new piece--first appearance on any boards--it would lead to a great bespeak, Mr Johnson.'
It was arranged that Nicholas should call upon her, at her lodgings, at eleven next morning, and soon after they parted: he to return home to his authorship: Miss Snevellicci to dress for the after-piece: and the disinterested manager and his wife to discuss the probable gains of the forthcoming bespeak, of which they were to have two-thirds of the profits by solemn treaty of agreement.
'I venture to call, for the purpose of asking whether you would put your name to my bespeak, ma'am,' said Miss Snevellicci, producing documents.
"Live, George Morton," said Charlotte firmly: "you are better--your whole face bespeaks
it; and if the tender care of an affectionate wife can preserve your health, you shall long live a blessing to all who love you."