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Pickwick, grasping the old lady's hand, and speaking so loud that the exertion imparted a crimson hue to his benevolent countenance--'I assure you, ma'am, that nothing delights me more than to see a lady of your time of life heading so fine a family, and looking so young and well.
said the old lady, after a short pause: 'it's all very fine, I dare say; but I can't hear him.
In the middle of the bush sat a friendly-looking old woman in a most strange dress.
The Greeks and Romans," said the old man, "called her a Dryad; but that we do not understand.
in the outer room," answered the old man, bundling together the harness he had taken off, and flinging it on the ground.
More women came on the scene from somewhere, young and handsome, middle-aged, old and ugly, with children and without children.
Some half-dozen of his brothers and kinsmen had gone to the wars, of whom only one had survived to come home, with a small pension, and three bullets in different parts of his body; he had shared Benjy's cottage till his death, and had left him his old dragoon's sword and pistol, which hung over the mantelpiece, flanked by a pair of heavy single-sticks with which Benjy himself had won renown long ago as an old gamester, against the picked men of Wiltshire and Somersetshire, in many a good bout at the revels and pastimes of the country-side.
Here then in his kitchen, the only room where a spark of fire took off the chill of a November evening, poor Peter Goldthwaite had just been visited by his rich old partner.
Troy answered, looking at the old rogue who had disgraced an honorable profession, as he might have looked at a reptile which had just risen rampant at his feet.
I wish you would look into his mouth, and then you could tell; though he is so very thin, his eyes are not sunk like some old horses'.
The old prince disputed it chaffingly, but without getting angry.
It begun then--at the time of the trouble with her lover," nodded Old Tom; "and it seems as if she'd been feedin' on wormwood an' thistles ever since--she's that bitter an' prickly ter deal with.
But no poverty in him, and no coat on him that never was the mode, and no Old Men's Ward for his dwelling-place, could quench his daughter's admiration.
The old lady made no reply to this; but wiping her eyes first, and her spectacles, which lay on the counterpane, afterwards, as if they were part and parcel of those features, brought some cool stuff for Oliver to drink; and then, patting him on the cheek, told him he must lie very quiet, or he would be ill again.
I am sure you will not do that,' said the little creature,' you are such a very old gentleman, and walk so slow yourself.