As nearly as could be discerned, the second traveller was about fifty years old, apparently in the same rank of life as Goodman Brown, and bearing a considerable resemblance to him, though perhaps more in expression than features.
Come, Goodman Brown," cried his fellow-traveller, "this is a dull pace for the beginning of a journey.
We have been a race of honest men and good Christians since the days of the martyrs; and shall I be the first of the name of Brown that ever took this path and kept"
And here, in the quiet old-fashioned country village, under the shadow of the everlasting hills, Tom Brown was reared, and never left it till he went first to school, when nearly eight years of age, for in those days change of air twice a year was not thought absolutely necessary for the health of all her Majesty's lieges.
A visit to Reading or Abingdon twice a year, at assizes or quarter sessions, which the Squire made on his horse with a pair of saddle-bags containing his wardrobe, a stay of a day or two at some country neighbour's, or an expedition to a county ball or the yeomanry review, made up the sum of the Brown locomotion in most years.
His upper garment was a mixed surtout, wofully faded, and patched with newer stuff on each elbow; beneath this he wore a threadbare black coat, some of the silk buttons of which had been replaced with others of a different pattern; and lastly, though he lacked not a pair of gray pantaloons, they were very shabby ones, and had been partially turned brown by the frequent toasting of Peter's shins before a scanty fire.
Just as I swore to John Brown, my old partner," remarked Peter.
Father Brown followed them with his finger on the edge of the table, like a man trying to learn a tune on the piano.
Father Brown had the kind of head that cannot help asking questions; and on this apparently trivial question his head almost split.
Yet was she triumphant, for she had gained possession of the Brown Bull.
But the Queen had little cause for triumph, for when Brown Bull and White-horned met there was a fearful combat between them.
Shall I write to Donovan Brown that his letters have gained the cordial assent and sympathy of Sir Charles Brandon?
And if you will call on Donovan Brown the next time you are in London, he will be delighted, I know.
The little clergyman called Brown thanked him with unquestionable warmth, but still with a queer kind of simplicity.
Why, she wants to marry him," cried Father Brown, sitting up eagerly.