I saw my brother near the school, sir,' to Bradley Headstone, 'because it's easier for me to go there, than for him to come here.
Conscious that his pupil-teacher was looking for his answer, that he himself had suggested the boy's keeping aloof from this sister, now seen for the first time face to face, Bradley Headstone stammered:
It happened that Bradley Headstone noticed a very slight action of Lizzie Hexam's hand, as though it checked the doll's dressmaker.
It might have fallen out so, any way; but Bradley Headstone also noticed that immediately after this, Lizzie, who had not taken off her bonnet, rather hurriedly proposed that as the room was getting dark they should go out into the air.
Why can't you, as Mr Headstone said to me this very evening about another matter, leave well alone?
I said to Mr Headstone this very evening, "After all, my sister got me here." Well, then.
There's Mr Headstone stopping and looking over the wall at the tide, to hint that it's time to go.
Being by this time close to Vauxhall Bridge, they resolved, in consequence, to take that way over the Thames, and they left her; Bradley Headstone giving her his hand at parting, and she thanking him for his care of her brother.
Bradley Headstone scrutinized the boy as closely as the boy had scrutinized the gentleman.
'I beg your pardon, Mr Headstone, but I couldn't help wondering what in the world brought HIM here!'
The boy had so lost himself that he looked at Mr Bradley Headstone as they walked on side by side, without attempting to reply until the question had been repeated; then he nodded and answered, 'Yes, sir.'
Bradley Headstone gradually released the boy's arm, as if he were thoughtful, and they walked on side by side as before.
'Lizzie has as much thought as the best, Mr Headstone. Too much, perhaps, without teaching.
'I have never brought myself to mention it openly to you, Mr Headstone, and you're my witness that I couldn't even make up my mind to take it from you before we came out to-night; but it's a painful thing to think that if I get on as well as you hope, I shall be--I won't say disgraced, because I don't mean disgraced—but-- rather put to the blush if it was known--by a sister who has been very good to me.'
'Yes,' said Bradley Headstone in a slurring way, for his mind scarcely seemed to touch that point, so smoothly did it glide to another, 'and there is this possibility to consider.