Hugh!' roared John. 'I ask your pardon, sir, for keeping you standing in the porch; but my son has gone to town on business, and the boy being, as I may say, of a kind of use to me, I'm rather put out when he's away.
The guest made no remark upon this novel cure for drowsiness, and recipe for making people lively, but, with his hands clasped behind him, stood in the porch, very much amused to see old John, with the bridle in his hand, wavering between a strong impulse to abandon the animal to his fate, and a half disposition to lead him into the house, and shut him up in the parlour, while he waited on his master.
John Chivery dropped into the chair nearest the door, and Mr Dorrit walked up and down the room; rapidly at first; then, more slowly.
Upon my word and honour, sir,' said Young John, with emotion, 'in my poor way, I am too proud to have come, I assure you, if I had thought so.'
An evening with John
over the account books usually produced a temporary lull in the culinary enthusiasm, and a frugal fit would ensue, during which the poor man was put through a course of bread pudding, hash, and warmed-over coffee, which tried his soul, although he bore it with praiseworthy fortitude.
Despair sat upon John
as he gazed; and he raged to think of the dreadful series of his misdeeds, and the essential innocence that lay behind them.
Harned did not go to Quito for the bull-fight.
The master stood all this time grave and attentive, but as John
finished his speech a broad smile spread over his face, and looking kindly across at James, who all this time had stood still at the door, he said, "James, my lad, set down the oats and come here; I am very glad to find that John
's opinion of your character agrees so exactly with my own.
'Weel!' said John
. 'Dang my bootuns if she bean't asleep agean!'
"So be it, good master," quoth Little John
, "yet all the disguise that I wish is a good suit of scarlet instead of this of Lincoln green.
I was not aware that Mr John
Rokesmith was a gentleman of landed property.
'Why what else are you?' returned John
, looking down upon her with a smile, and giving her waist as light a squeeze as his huge hand and arm could give.