The trace of the young lady
which we found nearly a week since, still remains the last trace discovered of her.
'What are you, I should like to know,' pursued Mr Boffin, 'that you were to have the audacity to follow up this young lady
? This young lady
was looking about the market for a good bid; she wasn't in it to be snapped up by fellows that had no money to lay out; nothing to buy with.'
It happened that an old lord of great family, who was going to marry a young lady
of no family in particular, came with the young lady
, and the young lady
's sister, to witness the ceremony of trying on two nuptial bonnets which had been ordered the day before, and Madame Mantalini announcing the fact, in a shrill treble, through the speaking-pipe, which communicated with the workroom, Miss Knag darted hastily upstairs with a bonnet in each hand, and presented herself in the show-room, in a charming state of palpitation, intended to demonstrate her enthusiasm in the cause.
'I will not suffer the young lady
to go any farther.
Lorry," said Stryver, squaring his elbows, "that it is your deliberate opinion that the young lady
at present in question is a mincing Fool?"
In geography there is still much to be desired; and a careful and undeviating use of the backboard, for four hours daily during the next three years, is recommended as necessary to the acquirement of that dignified DEPORTMENT AND CARRIAGE, so requisite for every young lady
'Well,' said the old witch, 'we have got the bird's heart, but not the wishing-cloak yet, and that we must also get.' 'Let us leave him that,' said the young lady
; 'he has already lost his wealth.' Then the witch was very angry, and said, 'Such a cloak is a very rare and wonderful thing, and I must and will have it.' So she did as the old woman told her, and set herself at the window, and looked about the country and seemed very sorrowful; then the huntsman said, 'What makes you so sad?' 'Alas!
'You have seen me, young lady
,' repeated Rachael, as she did not answer, 'once before.'
The young lady
tripped into her carriage, and was instantly whirled from the door.
This young lady
, being motherless and poor, was apprenticed at the school--taught for nothing--teaching others what she learnt, for nothing--boarded for nothing--lodged for nothing--and set down and rated as something immeasurably less than nothing, by all the dwellers in the house.
With Mr Blifil's consent therefore he wrote the next morning to Mr Western, acquainting him that his nephew had very thankfully and gladly received the proposal, and would be ready to wait on the young lady
, whenever she should be pleased to accept his visit.
At last he rose abruptly, put on his hat, and approached the young lady
. He placed himself before her picture and looked at it for some moments, during which she pretended to be quite unconscious of his inspection.