'Never mind George Barnwell,' interrupted Sam, who had remained a wondering listener during this short colloquy;
'Who there is in the house!' said Sam, in whose mind the inmates were always represented by that particular article of their costume, which came under his immediate superintendence.
'Stop a bit,' replied Sam, suddenly recollecting himself.
'Hush!' said Sam. 'The Vellingtons has gone to Doctors' Commons.'
'Pray, my dear sir--pray,' said the little man; 'caution, caution.' He drew from his pocket a red silk purse, and looked very hard at Sam as he drew out a sovereign.
Sam threw the painted tops into a corner, and led the way through a dark passage, and up a wide staircase.
Sam spoke like a philosopher, emphasizing this--as if he had had a large experience in different sorts of worlds, and therefore had come to his conclusions advisedly.
"Now, sartin I'd a said that Missis would a scoured the varsal world after Lizy," added Sam, thoughtfully.
"High!" said Sam, with an indescribable intonation, known only to those who have heard it among the negroes.
Sam, upon this, began to bestir himself in real earnest, and after a while appeared, bearing down gloriously towards the house, with Bill and Jerry in a full canter, and adroitly throwing himself off before they had any idea of stopping, he brought them up alongside of the horse-post like a tornado.
"Ho, ho!" said Sam, "skeery, ar ye?" and his black visage lighted up with a curious, mischievous gleam.
With one of these in his fingers, Sam approached the colt, stroked and patted, and seemed apparently busy in soothing his agitation.