'Who's there?' screamed a numerous chorus of treble voices from the staircase inside, consisting of the spinster lady of the establishment, three teachers, five female servants, and thirty boarders, all half-dressed and in a forest of curl-papers.
'Lor, what a stupid thing that cook is!' said the thirty boarders.
This young boarder
of yours, has she tried to fly?"
There were ten or a dozen boarders
there; but they were honest foremen or commonplace clerks from the stores, of a very different calibre from the young Irishman.
"I did not say he was to suffer, my lord, a fifteen-franc boarder
does not suffer."
`I suppose that you can get rid of your boarders
when you wish.'
He carried his coat on his arm and his pipe in his teeth; and he apologised for disturbing the boarders
on the steps as he selected spots of stone between them on which to set his size 9, width Ds.
"Well, as far as I can make out, this business is a sort of song- and-dance act, whacked up for the summer boarders
. Disko don't think much of it, he says, because they take up a collection for the widows and orphans.
However, they're nice, kind souls, and they take two boarders
every year because Miss Hannah's economical soul cannot bear to `waste room space' -- not because they need to or have to, as Miss Ada has told me seven times since Saturday night.
The bar-room was now full of the boarders
who had been dropping in the night previous, and whom I had not as yet had a good look at.
There would be an average of half a dozen boarders
to each room--sometimes there were thirteen or fourteen to one room, fifty or sixty to a flat.
"The pincher," was his thought; "too miserly to burn two cents' worth of gas and save his boarders