They must also be able to aim straight with a book or an old shoe, if that small woolly dog I met downstairs tries to force an entrance. If you are equal to these tasks, I can leave the case in your hands with every confidence." "But, Sally, my dear," said Mr. Faucitt, concerned, "you must not waste your time looking after me. You have a thousand things to occupy you."
I am kept quite busy at Laurette et Cie., thank goodness. I thought at first that Cie was the name of the junior partner, and looked forward to meeting him. "Miss Nicholas, shake hands with Mr. I hang around and sidle up to the customers when they come in, and say, "Chawming weather, moddom!" I shouldn't mind going on like this for the next few years, but Mr. Faucitt is determined to sell.
Faucitt, however, advanced another theory to account for the change in the Man of Destiny. "I rather fancy," he said, "that the softening influence has been the young man's fiancée." "What? Fillmore's not engaged?" "Did he not write and tell you? I suppose he was waiting to inform you when you returned. Yes, Fillmore is betrothed. The lady was with him when we met. A Miss Winch.
Faucitt, "though I am aware that there are others here far worthier of such a task Brutuses compared with whom I, like Marc Antony, am no orator I have been asked to propose the health..." "Who asked you?" It was the smaller of the Marvellous Murphys who spoke. He was an unpleasant youth, snub-nosed and spotty.
I'm going away to get cured if I can. Mr. Faucitt is over in England, and when I went down to Mrs. Meecher for my letters, I found one from him. His brother is dead, you know, and he has inherited, of all things, a fashionable dress-making place in Regent Street. His brother was Laurette et Cie.
Toto, after a couple of yaps, which may have been gratitude or baffled fury, trotted off downstairs, and Mr. Faucitt drew a deep breath. "Sally, you come, as ever, as an angel of mercy. Our worthy Mrs.
Faucitt, "as an Englishman for though I have long since taken out what are technically known as my 'papers' it was as a subject of the island kingdom that I first visited this great country I may say that the two factors in American life which have always made the profoundest impression upon me have been the lavishness of American hospitality and the charm of the American girl.
Faucitt has sold the business and retired to the country, and I am rather at a loose end... April 18th. Dear Ginger, What's the use? What is the use? I do all I can to get right away from New York, and New York comes after me and tracks me down in my hiding-place. A week or so ago, as I was walking down the Strand in an aimless sort of way, out there came right on top of me who do you think?
Faucitt, "that I specify the Bodega to the exclusion of other and equally worthy hostelries. I have passed just as pleasant hours in Rule's and Short's. You missed something by not lingering in England, Sally." "I know I did pneumonia." Mr. Faucitt shook his head reproachfully. "You are prejudiced, my dear. You would have enjoyed London if you had had the courage to brave its superficial gloom.
For the three years preceding his twenty-fifth birthday, restricted means and hard work had kept his figure in check; but with money there had come an ever-increasing sleekness. He looked as if he fed too often and too well. All this, however, Sally was prepared to forgive him, if he would only make a good speech. She could see Mr. Faucitt leaning back in his chair, all courteous attention.