The machine sitting at that desk was no longer a man; it was a busy New York broker, moved by buzzing wheels and uncoiling springs.
He who has been denied the spectacle of a busy Manhattan broker during a rush of business is handicapped for the profession of anthropology.
In the midst of this growing and important stress the broker became suddenly aware of a high-rolled fringe of golden hair under a nodding canopy of velvet and ostrich tips, an imitation sealskin sacque and a string of beads as large as hickory nuts, ending near the floor with a silver heart.
And through the window came a wandering--perhaps a lost--odour--a delicate, sweet odour of lilac that fixed the broker for a moment immovable.
On the third afternoon, Aynesworth met on the stairs a young broker, whom he had come across once or twice during his earlier dealings in the shares.
Aynesworth found his employer alone with his broker, who was just hastening off to keep an appointment.
Wingrave," he said, "you have just had a young broker named Nesbitt on.
I wish to buy, if possible, the whole of the shares, and as many more as I can get brokers to sell.
Here are the names of seven respectable brokers," Wingrave continued, passing a sheet of paper towards him.
The news of the dealing, however, had got about, and although derision was the chief sentiment amongst the brokers, the price steadily mounted.
The brokers, however, now understood, or thought they understood, the situation.
His brokers won't listen to me, and your governor--well, I've just been to see him.
I have only noticed them from over the way, because if the broker saw me, bless you, he'd ask any price for them
I never shall forget him peeping round the corner of the street in Tottenham Court Road, while Peggotty was bargaining for the precious articles; or his agitation when she came slowly towards us after vainly offering a price, and was hailed by the relenting broker, and went back again.