In that case," said the housekeeper, "here, into the yard with them
said the curate; "then by my faith he must take up his quarters in the yard, in spite of his marvellous birth and visionary adventures, for the stiffness and dryness of his style deserve nothing else; into the yard with him and the other, mistress housekeeper.
In short, I say that this book, and all that may be found treating of those French affairs, should be thrown into or deposited in some dry well, until after more consideration it is settled what is to be done with them; excepting always one 'Bernardo del Carpio' that is going about, and another called 'Roncesvalles;' for these, if they come into my hands, shall pass at once into those of the housekeeper, and from hers into the fire without any reprieve.
Why, Lord bless me," cried the housekeeper, "that must be Mrs.
The name still rang in my ears, as if the housekeeper had only that moment surprised me by uttering it.
Yes," said the housekeeper, "she stayed for some time; and I think she would have remained longer, if I had not been called away to speak to a strange gentleman--a gentleman who came to ask when Sir Percival was expected back.
The story has nothing to do with a picture; the housekeeper can guarantee that.
The housekeeper gravely nods and continues: "Partly on account of this division between them, and partly on other accounts, Sir Morbury and his Lady led a troubled life.
The housekeeper has dropped her voice to a little more than a whisper.
Now, the housekeeper
was at that time clearing the table; my guardian, taking no heed of her, but with the side of his face turned from her, was leaning back in his chair biting the side of his forefinger and showing an interest in Drummle, that, to me, was quite inexplicable.
The housekeeper trembled at the question, and answered in these enigmatical words:
I could hardly wonder that the poor old housekeeper trembled from head to foot when she spoke of him.
She longed to inquire of the housekeeper whether her master was really absent, but had not the courage for it.
The housekeeper came forward, and told them it was a picture of a young gentleman, the son of her late master's steward, who had been brought up by him at his own expense.
Elizabeth thought this was going pretty far; and she listened with increasing astonishment as the housekeeper added, "I have never known a cross word from him in my life, and I have known him ever since he was four years old.