And the barber would go on to describe with sardonic gusto, how that stranger in mourning had been seen exploring the country, in carts, on foot, taking everybody into his confidence, visiting all the inns and alehouses for miles around, stopping people on the road with his questions, looking into the very ditches almost; first in the greatest excitement, then with a plodding sort of perseverance, growing slower and slower; and he could not even tell you plainly how his son looked.
Indeed, Fitz made friends with everybody in the office inside of two weeks, and was responsible for a great deal of whispering and hanging out of back windows for a puff of smoke. Nobody but Mr. Merriman knew who he was, where he came from, or what his prospects were. Everybody liked him for himself. Rich or poor, it must have been the same.
I've asked most everybody I've had a chance to talk with ever since I got here, and most of 'em has been mighty accommodatin'. Why, there was one young man that followed me out of the lawyer's office just to tell me of some gold mine stock he knew about that inside of six months was goin' to be worth ten times what it's sellin' for now. Offered to buy me a controllin' interest too."
What have you done, indeed! That I can't leave my home for a few days, but I must be insulted! Everybody upon the pier saw it. "How can you lie there in the bed and ask me? Saw what, indeed! Of course it was a planned thing! regularly settled before you left London. Oh yes! I like your innocence, Mr. Caudle; not knowing what I'm talking about.
"I don't believe I'd touch a piece of candy for a hundred dollars," he continued. "I am sick of the sight of it. Candy from morning to night candy, candy, candy! Candy everywhere! Nothing but candy." Bob and Van eyed him unbelievingly. Could a boy be human and feel that way? "Everybody here gets into the same state of mind," the lad went on.
Everybody went to the hops, except the doctor and me; and every morning and evening, at guard-mounting and at parade, I was on the ground behind the guard tents to watch the things done and listen to the music and enjoy all the various beauty.
"It is a mystery to me, Beulah, how you can feel so coldly toward Dr. Hartwell." "I should very much like to know what you mean by that?" said Beulah, involuntarily crushing the flowers she held. "Why, you speak of him just as you would of anybody else." "Well?" "You seem to be afraid of him." "To a certain extent, I am; and so is everybody else who knows him intimately."
It was Modoc's little private supply. "We'll divide it up with everybody in the mohnin'," suggested the Texan, "with a double allowance fo' the children and the women." The wagon men were so furious at Modoc's selfishness that they could have torn him to pieces. Kid Wolf, however, prevented the trouble that was brewing. "Every one to their blankets, men," he said.
Listen, we will go very far from here, where no one knows us, where everybody will greet you and you shall be happy." Only one thing does not come to their minds: to be married. When Pascal's mother speaks to him about it, they do not listen to it. It is not dictated to her by woman's modesty, to him by the care for her and the desire to shelter her from insults. Why?
Collingwood pressed her to him without speaking; but after a moment's recollection he replied: "No, no, my dear child, I cannot let you do this: as your guardian, I cannot allow such a young creature as you are, in a moment of feeling, thus to give away your whole earthly fortune it must not be." "It must, indeed it must, my dear sir. Oh, pay everybody at once directly."