The farmer’s right forefinger began to tap his left palm again.
“Look here, sir, I ought to know something about Dr. Murchison’s character, I imagine. The man’s been here nearly a month, living in my house, and working like a Trojan. We’ve had nearly sixty cases, what with the pickers and our own people. You haven’t seen what the doctor’s been through in this little epidemic of ours, Mr. Burt, and I have. You get to the bottom of a man’s nature when he’s working eighteen hours out of the twenty-four, doing the nurse’s jobs as well as his own, and feeding some of the kids with his own hands. I’ve seen him come into my 广州佛山桑拿论坛 parlor, sir, at night, and go slap off to sleep on the sofa, he was that done. And never, not on one single blessed occasion, have I seen
that man show the white feather or touch a drop of drink!”
Mr. Burt appeared to become more and more embarrassed by being stared at vehemently in the face, as the farmer’s right fist smacked the points of his argument into his left palm. He had to return Mr. Carrington’s stare, eye to eye, as a pledge of sincerity. He began to fidget, to scan the horizon, and to fumble with his watch-chain.
“Your evidence sounds conclusive,” he said; “I think it is time I—”
Mr. Carrington ignored the little man’s restiveness, and came and stood outside the gate.
“Now, I make it a rule in life, Mr. Burt, to take people just as I find ’em, and not to listen to what all the old women say. The rule of a 佛山桑拿会所600全套 practical man, you understand. Now—”
The Curate cast a flurried glance up the road, and pulled out his watch.
“You must really excuse me, Mr. Carrington.”
“In a hurry, are you? Well, I was only going to say that some of us people have come by a shrewd notion how all this chaff got chucked about in these parts. Murchison was a first-class man, and some people got jealous of him, and played a low-down game to get him out of the town. You take my meaning, Mr. Burt?”
“Yes, certainly. Good Heavens, it is nearly twelve. I must really say
good-bye, Mr. Carrington; I hope—”
“One moment, sir. I won’t mention any name, but perhaps you are just as wise as I am. And what’s more, Mr. Burt, from what I’ve heard, that gentleman that we know of has just been treated as he tried to treat a better man than himself. It was his wife, they say—”佛山桑拿经理电话
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“They can wait. Now—”
“To be frank with you, Mr. Carrington, I can’t.”
“Oh, well, sir, if you are in such a hurry, I’ll postpone my remarks. I was only going to say—”
But Mr. Burt gave him a wave of the hand, and fled.
A girl of seventeen came down the path from the house, between the standard roses, her black hair already gathered up tentatively at the back of a brown neck, and the smartness of her blouse and collar betraying the fact that she considered herself a mature and very eligible woman.
“Dad, are you deaf?”
Mr. Carrington turned with the leisurely composure of a father.
“What’s all this noise about, Nan?”
“I’ve been calling you for five minutes. They’re all there—in the fourteen-acre.”
“Why, Mrs. Murchison and the Canon, and old 佛山夜生活交友社区 Lady Gillingham, and half a dozen more. Dr. Murchison sent one of the boys over for you.”
Mr. Carrington began to hustle.
“Dang it, I expected them to-morrow!”
“What a man you are, dad!” and she stood like an armed angel of scorn in the middle of the path; “you can’t go and see them in your shirt-sleeves.”
“Bless my soul, Nan, where’s my coat?”
“On the fence. You were talking to Mr. Burt long enough to forget it. Why didn’t you bring him in?”
Mr. Carrington was struggling into his alpaca coat, his daughter watching his contortions with the superior serenity of seventeen.
“Bring who in?”
“The little man’s as shy as a calf.”
“Perhaps you talked him silly.”
“Look here, my dear, it’s too hot to argue. Is my tie proper?”
His daughter regarded him with critical candor.
“It will do,” she answered, resignedly, 佛山夜生活 as though her father’s ties were beyond all promise of salvation.
The camp of the fruit-pickers in Mr. Carrington’s fourteen-acre stood out like a field-hospital under the August sun. There were half a dozen white tents pitched near the two sheds, and on an ingenious frame-work of poles an awning had been spread so that convalescents could be brought out to lie in the shade, and gain the maximum amount of air. The whole place looked trim and clean, and a faint perfume of some coal-tar disinfectant permeated the air.
Mr. Carrington, as he emerged from the orchard gate, saw quite a representative gathering moving through the camp. Several of the Roxton celebrities who had subscribed to the relief fund, had been invited by Porteus Carmagee, the treasurer, to drive over and see how the money had been spent. The farmer recognized 佛山桑拿技师网 Lady Gillingham’s carriage and pair waiting in the roadway beyond the white field-gate. The Canon’s landau had drawn up deferentially behind it, while Mrs. Murchison’s pony, that drew her governess car, was being held by one of the pickers who had lost two children but a week ago.
Lady Sophia appeared to be holding quite a state inspection, for she had Murchison in his white linen jacket at one elbow, and the Canon in his black coat at the other. She was making considerable use of her lorgnette—a very affable, commonplace, and well-meaning great lady, who felt it to be a most Christian condescension on her part to drive out and examine this temporary hospital and its London poor. Catherine Murchison and Mrs. Stensly were talking to one of the women lying under the awning. The treasurer had remained judiciously in the background, and was snapping away to three Roxton ladies who appeared to be fascinated by some subject foreign to enteric fever and pickers of fruit.
Porteus Carmagee looked very much amused. A thin little lady in a hat far too big for her, giving her an indistinct resemblance to a mushroom, was attempting to draw more definite information from the lawyer by the feminine pretence of unbelief.