him to go on and wait for me at the entrance, for I wanted to say something to the nurse.
"What's happened?" asked
the Doctor, coming up from downstairs.
A long time passed before I asked
for them, for I would not put him to any greater straits to return them than he was in when I lent them to him; but thinking he was growing careless about payment I asked
for them once and several times; and not only will he not give them back, but he denies that he owes them, and says I never lent him any such crowns; or if I did, that he repaid them; and I have no witnesses either of the loan, or the payment, for he never paid me; I want your worship to put him to his oath, and if he swears he returned them to me I forgive him the debt here and before God."
"Why do they sit so still, and all in a row?" asked
"You have no knowledge of any common pursuit or interest in life which the two men may have shared?" the Inspector asked
. "A hobby, for instance,--a collection of postage stamps, china, any common aim of any sort?"
"How is the little dear?" asked
Laurie, for Beth was his especial pet, and he felt more anxious about her than he liked to show.
"How are we going to make the trip?" asked
Ned, as they sat at supper, the first night after their arrival, eating of several dishes, the red- pepper condiments of which caused frequent trips to the water pitcher.
He nodded assent, and pulled out his thief-dreaded watch, and asked
me where I was going to dine?
"That is he, except that his beard has turned gray and his hair is white; do you know him?" asked
"Did you ever hear of any one's eyes growing together?" asked
"And you?" Aynesworth asked
with a smile, "you have permission, I suppose?"
"What is the happy book which has interested you so deeply?" he asked