Gradually, the staircase that led to the garret
, and even the passage-way to the staircase, were avoided by every one in the house, from every one fearing to speak of it, and the legend was gradually falling into desuetude.
These parlors are both too small for such parties of our friends as I hope to see often collected here; and I have some thoughts of throwing the passage into one of them with perhaps a part of the other, and so leave the remainder of that other for an entrance; this, with a new drawing room which may be easily added, and a bed-chamber and garret
above, will make it a very snug little cottage.
I did write them - in the garret
- but they by no means helped her to get on with her work, for when I finished a chapter I bounded downstairs to read it to her, and so short were the chapters, so ready was the pen, that I was back with new manuscript before another clout had been added to the rug.
A general revolution was evidently going on in the green-room, for the dark damask curtains were seen bundling away in Phebe's arms; the air-tight stove retiring to the cellar on Ben's shoulder; and the great bedstead going up garret
in a fragmentary state, escorted by three bearers.
Thanks be, I'm done with geometry, learning or teaching it," said Anne Shirley, a trifle vindictively, as she thumped a somewhat battered volume of Euclid into a big chest of books, banged the lid in triumph, and sat down upon it, looking at Diana Wright across the Green Gables garret
, with gray eyes that were like a morning sky.
Having adopted in its place a dirty cotton nightcap, and groped about in the dark till he found a remnant of candle, he knocked at the partition which divided the two garrets
, and inquired, in a loud voice, whether Mr Noggs had a light.
One or two of the old properties were drawn out of the garrets
, where they had lain ever since, and furbished up anew for the present festivities.
The few pieces of furniture had been discovered in the garrets
and dragged down into service without having been properly dusted, even.
There is still the plash of falling water in fair Fountain Court, and there are yet nooks and corners where dun-haunted students may look down from their dusty garrets
, on a vagrant ray of sunlight patching the shade of the tall houses, and seldom troubled to reflect a passing stranger's form.
Mr Blandois being enraptured, they walked through other garrets
and passages, and came down the staircase again.
But, this once done, was quite satisfactory, and he rested persuaded, that he knew his way about the house blindfold: from the barred garrets
in the high roof, to the two iron extinguishers before the main door--which seemed to request all lively visitors to have the kindness to put themselves out, before entering.
But great plans fermented in her busy brain and ambitious mind, and the old tin kitchen in the garret
held a slowly increasing pile of blotted manuscript, which was one day to place the name of March upon the roll of fame.