"Well," said the jailer, "are you more reasonable to-day?" Dantes made no reply.
The jailer saw by his tone he would be happy to die; and as every prisoner is worth ten sous a day to his jailer, he replied in a more subdued tone.
The jailer opened the door, with terrible imprecations against the prisoner who disturbed him at an hour which Master Gryphus was not accustomed to be aroused.
"Master, master," cried Cornelius, seizing the jailer by the arm and dragging him towards the window, -- "master, what have I read down there?"
"Are you the architect of the prisons, monsieur?" said the jailer.
"Stay outside," he said to the jailer, "and wait for us at the bottom of the steps." The jailer obeyed and withdrew.
'You'll get your privileges soon enough,' retorted the jailer,
At this point, the Dodger, with a show of being very particular with a view to proceedings to be had thereafter, desired the jailer to communicate 'the names of them two files as was on the bench.' Which so tickled the spectators, that they laughed almost as heartily as Master Bates could have done if he had heard the request.
The rescue of the ladies, and their consequent interest in his prisoner, together with the informal manners that prevailed in the country, all united to prevent any surprise on the part of the jailer, at their request for admission to Bumppo.
“Some visitors that you’ll be glad to see,” returned the jailer.
"In that case you also are free," said the Jailer
. Taking off his cap, he bowed low and opened the door of the prison, and Pinocchio ran out and away, with never a look backward.
"Wait a few hours," begged the jailer. "I haven't pulled out a quarter of his whiskers yet."
"Perhaps you're right," sighed the jailer. "Take the prisoner away, if you will, but I advise you to kick him at every step he takes.
And the jailer
did what he said, quitted the prisoner, and closed the door, leaving the king more astounded, more wretched, more isolated than ever.
"Trust me, good jailer
, you shall briefly have peace in your house; and, I promise you, Mistress Prynne shall hereafter be more amenable to just authority than you may have found her heretofore.