'It's a stew of tripe,' said the landlord
smacking his lips, 'and cow-heel,' smacking them again, 'and bacon,' smacking them once more, 'and steak,' smacking them for the fourth time, 'and peas, cauliflowers, new potatoes, and sparrow-grass, all working up together in one delicious gravy.' Having come to the climax, he smacked his lips a great many times, and taking a long hearty sniff of the fragrance that was hovering about, put on the cover again with the air of one whose toils on earth were over.
took a step or two towards the door; the stranger fixing his eyes upon him, resumed.
! said I, what sort of a chap is he --does he always keep such late hours?
He smiled pityingly, in answer to the landlord
's appeal, and said--
At the noise all the people of the inn ran to the spot, and among them the landlord
. Seeing this, Don Quixote braced his buckler on his arm, and with his hand on his sword exclaimed, "O Lady of Beauty, strength and support of my faint heart, it is time for thee to turn the eyes of thy greatness on this thy captive knight on the brink of so mighty an adventure." By this he felt himself so inspired that he would not have flinched if all the carriers in the world had assailed him.
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.
let us do our own cooking and set our table near one of the windows.
Neither the landlord
, nor any other person in the public room, noticed any change in him on his return.
Finally, she inquired of the landlord
what was the value of the carpet in her bedroom, as well as where the said carpet had been manufactured; but, the landlord
could do no more than promise to make inquiries.
The sturdy landlord
had a large pair of dull fish-like eyes, and the little man who had hazarded the remark about the moon (and who was the parish-clerk and bell-ringer of Chigwell, a village hard by) had little round black shiny eyes like beads; moreover this little man wore at the knees of his rusty black breeches, and on his rusty black coat, and all down his long flapped waistcoat, little queer buttons like nothing except his eyes; but so like them, that as they twinkled and glistened in the light of the fire, which shone too in his bright shoe-buckles, he seemed all eyes from head to foot, and to be gazing with every one of them at the unknown customer.
As for thine own self, never knew I landlord
yet that would not charge twice an he could."