The doctor, who was universally considered one of thebest-tempered creatures on earth, made this demand in such adreadful tone of anger, that Giles and Brittles, who wereconsiderably muddled by ale and excitement, stared at each otherin a state of stupefaction.。， In the morning, Oliver would be a-foot by six o'clock, roamingthe fields, and plundering the hedges, far and wide, for nosegaysof wild flowers, with which he would return laden, home; andwhich it took great care and consideration to arrange, to thebest advantage, for the embellishment of the breakfast-table.There was fresh groundsel, too, for Miss Maylie's birds, withwhich Oliver, who had been studying the subject under the abletuition of the village clerk, would decorate the cages, in themost approved taste. When the birds were made all spruce andsmart for the day, there was usually some little commission ofcharity to execute in the village; or, failing that, there wasrare cricket-playing, sometimes, on the green; or, failing that,there was always something to do in the garden, or about theplants, to which Oliver (who had studied this science also, underthe same master, who was a gardener by trade,) applied himselfwith hearty good-will, until Miss Rose made her appearance: whenthere were a thousand commendations to be bestowed on all he haddone.
'It was about half-past tow,' said Mr. Giles, 'or I wouldn'tswear that it mightn't have been a little nearer three, when Iwoke up, and, turning round in my bed, as it might be so, (hereMr. Giles turned round in his chair, and pulled the corner of thetable-cloth over him to imitate bed-clothes,) I fancied I heerd anoise.'。，
'Let it rest with Rose, then,' interposed Harry. 'You will notpress these overstrained opinions of yours, so far, as to throwany obstacle in my way?'。， 'How then?' urged the young man. 'She has formed no otherattachment?'
'No,' said the old lady; 'I will tell her all.' And pressing herson's hand, affectionately, she hastened from the room.。， 'Strange?' echoed the doctor. 'Blathers and Duff, themselves,could make nothing of it.'
'Is it for Chertsey, too, ma'am?' inquired Oliver; impatient toexecute his commission, and holding out his trembling hand forthe letter.。， The man followed to the chariot door, uttering the wildestimprecations and curses all the way; but as Mr. Losberne turnedto speak to the driver, he looked into the carriage, and eyedOliver for an instant with a glance so sharp and fierce and atthe same time so furious and vindictive, that, waking orsleeping, he could not forget it for months afterwards. Hecontinued to utter the most fearful imprecations, until thedriver had resumed his seat; and when they were once more ontheir way, they could see him some distance behind: beating hisfeet upon the ground, and tearing his hair, in transports of realor pretended rage.
The man followed to the chariot door, uttering the wildestimprecations and curses all the way; but as Mr. Losberne turnedto speak to the driver, he looked into the carriage, and eyedOliver for an instant with a glance so sharp and fierce and atthe same time so furious and vindictive, that, waking orsleeping, he could not forget it for months afterwards. Hecontinued to utter the most fearful imprecations, until thedriver had resumed his seat; and when they were once more ontheir way, they could see him some distance behind: beating hisfeet upon the ground, and tearing his hair, in transports of realor pretended rage.。， 'There is something in your manner, which would almost imply thatshe will hear me coldly, mother,' said the young man.
'And consider, ma'am,' said Oliver, as the tears forcedthemselves into his eyes, despite of his efforts to the contrary.。， 'Of course the lady knows that, don't she?' demanded Mr.Blathers. 'Always interrupting, you are, partner! This hereConkey Chickweed, miss, kept a public-house over Battlebridgeway, and he had a cellar, where a good many young lords went tosee cock-fighting, and badger-drawing, and that; and a weryintellectural manner the sports was conducted in, for I've seen'em off'en. He warn't one of the family, at that time; and onenight he was robbed of three hundred and twenty-seven guineas ina canvas bag, that was stole out of his bedrrom in the dead ofnight, by a tall man with a black patch over his eye, who hadconcealed himself under the bed, and after committing therobbery, jumped slap out of window: which was only a story high.
'The trouble!' cried Oliver. 'Oh! dear lady, if I could but workfor you; if I could only give you pleasure by watering yourflowers, or watching your birds, or running up and down the wholeday long, to make you happy; what would I give to do it!'。，
。， Brittles looked doubtfully at Mr. Giles; Mr. Giles lookeddoubtfully at Brittles; the constable put his hand behind hisear, to catch the reply; the two women and the tinker leanedforward to listen; the doctor glanced keenly round; when a ringwas heard at the gate, and at the same moment, the sound ofwheels.