Mr Codlin sat smiling in the chimney-corner, eyeing the landlord
as with a roguish look he held the cover in his hand, and, feigning that his doing so was needful to the welfare of the cookery, suffered the delightful steam to tickle the nostrils of his guest.
made a strong effort, and at length replied,
Starting up, the landlord
cried, That's the Grampus's crew.
Come, come," said the landlord
, who felt that paying people for their absence was a principle dangerous to society; "a joke's a joke.
told all the people who were in the inn about the craze of his guest, the watching of the armour, and the dubbing ceremony he contemplated.
The terms honourable, noble, and worthy gentleman, resounded through the room; nay, my landlord
himself began to have a better opinion of him, and almost to disbelieve the account which the guide had given.
No doubt he would be, if he could," returned the landlord
, "but he can't.
I confess I did not in the least understand what Rouletabille meant by what he had said; but the landlord
, as soon as he heard the words, uttered an oath, which he at once stifled, and placed himself at our orders as obediently as Monsieur Robert Darzac had done, when he heard Rouletabille's prophetic sentence--"The presbytery has lost nothing of its charm, nor the garden its brightness.
Excepting the case of supper, which could be easily provided, the landlord
had no choice but to disappoint both his guests.
explained that it was probably that of a countess.
The evening with which we have to do, was neither a summer nor an autumn one, but the twilight of a day in March, when the wind howled dismally among the bare branches of the trees, and rumbling in the wide chimneys and driving the rain against the windows of the Maypole Inn, gave such of its frequenters as chanced to be there at the moment an undeniable reason for prolonging their stay, and caused the landlord
to prophesy that the night would certainly clear at eleven o'clock precisely,--which by a remarkable coincidence was the hour at which he always closed his house.
quoth the landlord
, calling the Tinker Worship to soothe him, as a man would pour oil upon angry water.