, but anxiety returned when one day from behind my curtains I saw Mary in my street with an inquiring eye on the windows.
He fumbled for the knob and entered a lighted room, where sat his sister and Bernard Higginbotham.
He forgot where he was and Bernard Higginbotham's existence, till that gentleman demanded:-
For years Sir Bernard paid his debts, and the other day, without the slightest warning, not only refused to do so any more, but absolutely stopped the lad's allowance.
Besides, Sir Bernard will pay him his five thousand as soon as he has the picture; and, you'll see, old Craggs will be just as loath to let it come out as Sir Bernard himself.
But speak to Sir Bernard I must, so will you write me one line to him on your card?
There was no copy there, but they must exist, for Sir Bernard himself (there's 'copy' THERE
I did not look at him; I turned to Sir Bernard Debenham, and to him I told my story, hoarsely, excitedly, for it was all that I could do to keep from breaking down.
I trust you won't," said Sir Bernard, smiling, "for you are certainly two very daring young men.
Seen from these solitudes, and from the Pass of the Great Saint Bernard, which was one of them, the ascending Night came up the mountain like a rising water.
Surrounded by so many and such companions upon whom I never looked, and never shall look, I and my child will dwell together inseparable, on the Great Saint Bernard, outlasting generations who will come to see us, and will never know our name, or one word of our story but the end.
The host, a slender, bright-eyed, dark young man of polite manners, whose garment was a black gown with strips of white crossed over it like braces, and who no more resembled the conventional breed of Saint Bernard monks than he resembled the conventional breed of Saint Bernard dogs, replied, doubtless those were the three in question.