favoured the idea of hitting the prisoner with a broom-handle.
It was not usual, in New York society, for a lady to address her parlour-maid
as "my dear one," and send her out on an errand wrapped in her own opera-cloak; and Archer, through all his deeper feelings, tasted the pleasurable excitement of being in a world where action followed on emotion with such Olympian speed.
She had read in it of the crocuses which had been bought for yellow and were coming up puce, of the new parlour-maid
, who had watered the ferns with essence of lemonade, of the semi-detached cottages which were ruining Summer Street, and breaking the heart of Sir Harry Otway.
He warmed the teapot--almost too deftly--rejected the Orange Pekoe that the parlour-maid
had provided, poured in five spoonfuls of a superior blend, filled up with really boiling water, and now called to the ladies to be quick or they would lose the aroma.
About an hour or so after dinner time, Young Barnacle appeared, attended by his eye-glass; in honour of whose family connections, Mr Meagles had cashiered the pretty parlour-maids
for the day, and had placed on duty in their stead two dingy men.