Poor Giles was the same; and I think the atmosphere of coins might count in excuse for him; though he really did wrong and nearly went to prison.
We lived then at a little seaside watering-place in South Wales, and a retired sea-captain living a few doors off had a son about five years older than myself, who had been a friend of Giles before he went to the Colonies.
Then I suddenly remembered Giles telling Philip of a coin that was like him, and Philip wishing he had it.
They fell in single file: first the lackey, Giles
, then Norman of Torn and last the fellow whom he had addressed as Flory bearing the object covered with a cloth.
However I may have altered my opinion on this point since, my mind was not in a condition at that time to admit the possible existence of any such individual as a maiden Giles.
My luck seemed to be returning to me; and I began to feel more than hopeful of really discovering my beloved Alicia at Crickgelly, under the alias of Miss Giles.
Surely he would prefer writing to Miss Giles to join him when he got to a safe place of refuge, rather than encumber himself with the young lady before he was well out of reach of the far-stretching arm of the law.
Any ship, for instance, bound on a trip to Palawan or somewhere that way would have Captain Giles on board, either in temporary command or "to assist the master.
I didn't try to make conversation with Captain Giles, whom I had not seen more than twice in my life.
On this Captain Giles remarked easily that the fellow had no doubt gone off to look after my old job.
Giles (who had the shortest wind of the party, as was encumbered with a pitchfork) most handsomely insisted on stopping, to make an apology for his hastiness of speech.
You may depend upon it,' said Giles, 'that that gate stopped the flow of the excitement.