Dick had never found any one take a fancy to him so readily, nor show it in an easier or less offensive manner.
'Pooh!' said Dick, who was tired of the performance.
In changing her seat to the piano-stool, so as to be nearer her visitor, she brushed down some loose music, which Whiskey Dick hastened to pick up.
"Pray don't mind it," she said, "pray don't, really--let it be--" But Whiskey Dick, feeling himself on safe ground in this attention, persisted to the bitter end of a disintegrated and well-worn "Travatore." "So that is what Mr.
'Why, certainly,' replied Dick. 'I must say for her that there's not any very strong family likeness between her and you.'
'Yes,' said Dick, 'she has a pretty face, a very pretty face.
After his journey to the Thibet, the doctor had remained nearly two years without hinting at new explorations; and Dick, supposing that his friend's instinct for travel and thirst for adventure had at length died out, was perfectly enchanted.
Now, reader, substitute for all these exclamation points, as many ringing thumps with a brawny fist upon the table, and you have some idea of the manual exercise that Dick went through while he thus spoke.
He had a letter on him beginning `Dear Dick' and signed `Leslie,' but there was no address on it and the envelope was gone.
Remember what her life has been--and is--and must always be, I suppose, for creatures like Dick Moore live forever, I understand.
Dick, looking earnestly at me, and taking up his pen to note it down, 'when King Charles the First had his head cut off?' I said I believed it happened in the year sixteen hundred and forty-nine.
Dick, scratching his ear with his pen, and looking dubiously at me.