The young man felt that his fate was sealed: for the rest of his life he would go up every evening between the cast-iron
railings of that greenish- yellow doorstep, and pass through a Pompeian vestibule into a hall with a wainscoting of varnished yellow wood.
And at her house in town, upon this muddy, murky afternoon, presents himself an old- fashioned old gentleman, attorney-at-law and eke solicitor of the High Court of Chancery, who has the honour of acting as legal adviser of the Dedlocks and has as many cast-iron
boxes in his office with that name outside as if the present baronet were the coin of the conjuror's trick and were constantly being juggled through the whole set.
In shrewdness of remark, and a certain cast-iron
quaintness, the Yankees, or people of New England, unquestionably take the lead; as they do in most other evidences of intelligence.
(with one red sock on and one wanting), in the bar; where the cheese was cast aground upon a shelf, in company with a mouldy tablecloth and a green-handled knife, in a sort of cast-iron
canoe; where the pale-faced bread shed tears of crumb over its shipwreck in another canoe; where the family linen, half washed and half dried, led a public life of lying about; where everything to drink was drunk out of mugs, and everything else was suggestive of a rhyme to mugs; The Tilted Wagon, all these things considered, hardly kept its painted promise of providing good entertainment for Man and Beast.
I do not know what another person would have done, but at this point I gave up; that cast-iron
indifference, that tranquil contemptuousness, conquered me, and I struck my colors.
'Don't stop to ask questions, cast-iron
head,' replied the long man, with great disgust, taking it for granted that the inquirer was a footman; 'but open the door.'
The whole was fenced from the road by a low, brick-pillared, flint wall, topped with a cast-iron
Gothic rail, picked out in blue and gold.