My wife had always been a woman of a frank, open nature, and it gave me a chill to see her slinking into her own room, and crying out and wincing when her own husband spoke to her.
I really think that I should have fainted if I had not gone out. I stood at the door for a few minutes, and now I am quite myself again.'
As I did so I happened to glance out of one of the upper windows, and saw the maid with whom I had just been speaking running across the field in the direction of the cottage.
My wife came out into the hall as I entered my house; but I was too hurt and angry to speak with her, and pushing past her, I made my way into my study.
"Leastways, if you don't, I do; and I wait here--and I'm still your cap'n, mind--till you outs
with your grievances and I reply; in the meantime, your black spot ain't worth a biscuit.
As soon as she had turned out of the main street, brightly lit and noisy with traffic, he caught her up.
He poured out an incoherent story of love and penitence.
"Because I'm going out with that gentleman I told you about tonight."
His eyes were rather moist and glittered more than usual, and as he sat in his saddle, wrapped up in his fur coat, he looked like a child taken out for an outing.
How he chased a fox out of the rank grass by the Zavarzinsk thicket the other day!
"The other day when he came out from Mass in full uniform, Michael Sidorych..." Simon did not finish, for on the still air he had distinctly caught the music of the hunt with only two or three hounds giving tongue.
The count, forgetting to smooth out the smile on his face, looked into the distance straight before him, down the narrow open space, holding the snuffbox in his hand but not taking any.
'ud put up wi' never having a bit o' repairs done till a place tumbles down--and not then, on'y wi' begging and praying and having to pay half--and being strung up wi' the rent as it's much if he gets enough out o' the land to pay, for all he's put his own money into the ground beforehand.
Meanwhile the bull-dog, the black-and-tan terrier, Alick's sheep-dog, and the gander hissing at a safe distance from the pony's heels carried out the idea of Mrs.
Poyser; "but I've had my say out, and I shall be th' easier for't all my life.