More than once the watchfulness tired her and she closed her eyes because she did not want him to look into them as if he were asking questions which were not altogether doctors' questions. When he left her and went downstairs to talk to the Duchess he asked a good many quiet questions again.
He even talked about going downstairs; but Riccardo merely laughed at the suggestion and asked whether he would like a tramp across the valley to Fiesole to start with. "You might go and call on the Grassinis for a change," he added wickedly. "I'm sure madame would be delighted to see you, especially now, when you look so pale and interesting." The Gadfly clasped his hands with a tragic gesture.
He had turned into the dining-room, when to his surprise the doctor came quickly but softly downstairs, entered the room, and gently closed the door. "Do you feel that you could bear another great shock just now?" he said in a curious tone, taking hold of the vicar's wrist as he spoke. "Yes, I think you can; your nerves are pretty firm." "What do you mean? Is he dead?"
One day, I was sitting in my bedroom, for I could not get downstairs, and there was no one strong enough to carry me, even if I would have allowed it. I looked at my right hand, whose grasp had been like that of a blacksmith's vice; and it seemed to myself impossible that this could be John Ridd's.
Soon after Flora followed them there was a series of arduous cries, apparently maintained more from a childish sense of the fitness of things than from any actual stress of pain. They soon ceased. "She ain't half whipped 'em," Mrs. Lowe, who was listening downstairs, said to herself.
There had been a rush downstairs and out of the house, but the hawk was no longer in the birch, and was never seen by him again, yet it persisted in his memory. The sport of hawking is not quite extinct in England, and at various times he had caused inquiries to be made, and had arranged once to go to the New Forest and on another occasion to Wiltshire.
She was about to call when a stirring beyond it momentarily reassured her. The door opened and her uncle stepped out. He wore an untidy dressing-gown. His hair was disordered. His face appeared grayer and more haggard than it had downstairs. A lighted candle shook in his right hand. "What are you doing up here, Katy?" he quavered. She broke down before the picture of his increased fear.
"Thanks to our eggs and vegetables we are perfectly well and, when there are so many people really in want of the oranges, it would be downright wicked to eat them merely because we like them." In a short time Manola with two of the children from downstairs, carrying baskets started, with the presents of fruit and fish, to all the ladies of Carrie's acquaintance.
Not until the morning after the party did it occur to Keith that his pride demanded some kind of demonstration. That morning he meant to keep away from his friend. He stayed at home longer than usual on purpose. Finally he grew afraid of being late and tumbled pell-mell downstairs, intent on turning to his old route by way of East Long Street.
By this time so bewildered had I become that I scarce knew whether to descend to meet this apparent madman or to remain where I was. "Don't hesitate, Mr. Addison!" he cried, now beginning to recover his breath. "Do exactly as I tell you!" "Good God!" I exclaimed. I turned and ran to the door and on downstairs. For at last I had recognized the voice of this midnight runner.