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Constable

John. 1776--1837, English landscape painter, noted particularly for his skill in rendering atmospheric effects of changing light
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Rather, from the strange fact that the robber had left no traces, and had happened to know the nick of time, utterly incalculable by mortal agents, when Silas would go away from home without locking his door, the more probable conclusion seemed to be, that his disreputable intimacy in that quarter, if it ever existed, had been broken up, and that, in consequence, this ill turn had been done to Marner by somebody it was quite in vain to set the constable after.
So thus they went in threescore companies of five to Sherwood Forest, to take Robin Hood, each constable wishing that he might be the one to find the bold outlaw, or at least one of his band.
It was a leisure moment with the court; some low whispering passed between the bench and the sheriff, who gave a signal to his officers, and in a very few minutes the silence that prevailed was interrupted by a general movement in the outer crowd, when presently the Leather-Stocking made his appearance, ushered into the criminal’s bar under the custody of two constables, The hum ceased, the people closed into the open space again, and the silence soon became so deep that the hard breathing of the prisoner was audible.
However, I spoke to the constable to call me a porter, which he did, and then I called for pen, ink, and paper, but they would let me have none.
interrupted the constable, holding Kit (whom his other captors had released) carelessly by the arm, a little above the elbow.
I've seen your kind before," the constable retorted.
This boy," says the constable, "although he's repeatedly told to, won't move on--"
The constable looked as wise as he could, and took up his staff of office: which had been recling indolently in the chimney-corner.
Tom was no sooner informed by the constable whither they were proceeding (indeed he pretty well guessed it of himself), than he caught Molly in his arms, and embracing her tenderly before them all, swore he would murder the first man who offered to lay hold of her.
The constable was disappointed, and also perplexed.
The stalwart constable jeered in a mock-official manner.
I shall be most happy to tell you anything I can," the constable answered with his eyes upon the little golden disk.