Informed of this objection later in the day, the manager regretted that he could only offer to the lady the choice of one other bedchamber, numbered Thirty-eight, and situated immediately over the bedchamber which she desired to leave.
In due course of time, the narrative, passing from mouth to mouth, reached the ears of the manager.
Nicholas therefore proposed that they should break up at once, but the manager would by no means hear of it; vowing that he had promised himself the pleasure of inviting his new acquaintance to share a bowl of punch, and that if he declined, he should deem it very unhandsome behaviour.
Nicholas was not much disposed to sleep--being in truth too anxious-- so, after a little demur, he accepted the offer, and having exchanged a shake of the hand with the young Crummleses, and the manager having on his part bestowed a most affectionate benediction on Smike, he sat himself down opposite to that gentleman by the fireside to assist in emptying the bowl, which soon afterwards appeared, steaming in a manner which was quite exhilarating to behold, and sending forth a most grateful and inviting fragrance.
Pinocchio obediently bent his two knees to the ground and remained kneeling until the Manager, with the crack of the whip, cried sharply: "Walk
A few minutes passed and again the voice of the Manager called:
The arrival of the manager of the paper was the signal for a great demonstration.
It was remarked that the jurors appeared to be deeply interested in a rapid conversation which the manager of the "Epoque" was having with Maitre Henri Robert.
The Sunday papers 'd like to get Amateur Night done up brown in a nice little package, and the manager don't see it that way.
But the stage manager, like an ogre, barred her retreat.
What more has the Manager
of the Performance to say?
That'll lose two days,' said I, 'and more if he isn't there,' for I'd grown quite keen on this up-country manager
, and I felt that if I could get at him while the holidays were still on, a little conviviality might help matters considerably.