Meanwhile, the merchants and ship-masters, the spruce clerks
and uncouth sailors, entered and departed; the bustle of his commercial and Custom-House life kept up its little murmur round about him; and neither with the men nor their affairs did the General appear to sustain the most distant relation.
There's another fellow,' muttered Scrooge; who overheard him: `my clerk
, with fifteen shillings a week, and a wife and family, talking about a merry Christmas.
When I told the clerk
that I would take a turn in the air while I waited, he advised me to go round the corner and I should come into Smithfield.
I have been in Palestine, Sir Clerk
,'' said the knight, stopping short of a sudden, ``and I bethink me it is a custom there that every host who entertains a guest shall assure him of the wholesomeness of his food, by partaking of it along with him.
Then, indeed, the affair began to look black; and when inquiries were made, and the penniless clerk
was found to have amassed thousands of dollars, and kept them secretly in a rival establishment, the stoutest of his friends abandoned him, the books were overhauled for traces of ancient and artful fraud, and though none were found, there still prevailed a general impression of loss.
And as a proof," added the clerk
, "here are the desecrator's very shoes, which he left behind him.
To come in the capacity of a cousin, and seat himself every day at a good table; to smooth the yellow, wrinkled brow of the old procurator; to pluck the clerks
a little by teaching them BASSETTE, PASSE-DIX, and LANSQUENET, in their utmost nicety, and winning from them, by way of fee for the lesson he would give them in an hour, their savings of a month--all this was enormously delightful to Porthos.
Once during my clerkship I had an invitation to Crimsworth Hall; it was on the occasion of a large party given in honour of the master's birthday; he had always been accustomed to invite his clerks
on similar anniversaries, and could not well pass me over; I was, however, kept strictly in the background.
turned upon his heel, after making his very best bow.
There were festoons of rope-ladders - none so ingenious as ours - and then at last there was something that the clerk
Meanwhile Master Florian, the auditor, turned over attentively the document in the complaint entered against Quasimodo, which the clerk
handed him, and, having thus glanced at it, appeared to reflect for a moment.
I'll take you to the room in which the articled clerk