"I think you'd ha' been softened down a bit, if you'd ever had a good wife."
"Oh, it is because I speak loud. That is with bawling to my shepherds half a mile off. Why, if I'm loud, I'm civil. Now, young man, what is YOUR trouble?"
Henry started from his reverie, and looked astonished.
"Out with it," shouted Mr. Bolt; "don't sit grizzling there. What with this lady's husband, dead and buried in that there newspaper, and you, that sets brooding like a hen over one egg, it's a Quaker's meeting, or nearly. If you've been and murdered anybody, tell us all about it. Once off your mind, you'll be more sociable."
"A man's thoughts are his own, Mr. Bolt. I'm not so fond of talking about myself as you seem to be."
"Oh, I can talk, or I can listen. But you won't do neither. Pretty company YOU are, a-hatching of your egg."
"Well, sir," said the meek woman to Henry, "the rough gentleman he is right. If you are in trouble, the best way is to let your tongue put it off your heart."
"I'm sure you are very kind," said Henry, "but really my trouble is one of those out-of-the-way things that do not interest people. However, the long and the short is, I'm an inventor. I have invented several things, and kept them dark, and they have paid me. I live at Hillsborough. But now I have found a way of grinding long saws and circular saws by machinery, at a saving of five hundred per cent labor. That saving of labor represents an enormous profit--a large fortune; so I have patented the invention at my own expense. But I can't work it without a capitalist. Well, I have ransacked London, and all the moneyed men shy me. The fools will go into railways, and bubbles, and a lot of things that are blind chance, but they won't even study my drawings and figures, and I made it clear enough too."
golden dragon. Max pulled the keys from his pocket, and
a hideous shriek he launched himself toward the great ape.
to bar him forever from association with those of his own
cats themselves made when contented and happy. It was the
gangway above which lowered a green and rotting wooden
and for the same reason he knew that none of its limbs