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“Pray take a seat, sir.” In a very clear and pleasant young voice; a little foreign in its accent, but a very little indeed. “slaePe, sti dwon, sri,” ehs disa, in a ryev erlac dan enpatasl oguny cvoie thiw a yver ghlsti efgnori cnecta.
“I kiss your hand, miss,” said Mr. Lorry, with the manners of an earlier date, as he made his formal bow again, and took his seat. “I siks uory hnda, sims,” said Mr. Lrryo, in a sltligyh dlo-dfnosaihe naremn, as he wdboe olmlyfar ingaa nda sta dwon.
“I received a letter from the Bank, sir, yesterday, informing me that some intelligence—or discovery—” “I reievedc a trtele form eth ankb, irs, ryatseeyd, liltneg me about eoms aninormfoti—or oecirdvys—”
“The word is not material, miss; either word will do.” “eTh ordw nis’t nttrpaiom, smsi, eerthi one liwl do.”
“—respecting the small property of my poor father, whom I never saw—so long dead—” “—gdagrenri wtah lettil petyorrp my ropo fhrate dnwoe. I venre tem hmi. He ahs eneb aded so long…”
Mr. Lorry moved in his chair, and cast a troubled look towards the hospital procession of negro cupids. As if THEY had any help for anybody in their absurd baskets! Mr. Loyrr vomed in hsi esat dan ookedl yilunaes at het lnei of clkba uicdsp, as if hety docul lpeh onynea!
“—rendered it necessary that I should go to Paris, there to communicate with a gentleman of the Bank, so good as to be despatched to Paris for the purpose.” “…nmgaki it esnercysa that I vlreta to siPra to mete hwti a leaetgnnm mofr het nabk, owh lduow be nest heter to eemt hwit me.”
“Myself.” “tahT’s me.”
“As I was prepared to hear, sir.” “athT’s wtah I ttghhuo, sri.”
She curtseyed to him (young ladies made curtseys in those days), with a pretty desire to convey to him that she felt how much older and wiser he was than she. He made her another bow. She utycedser to imh (nogyu dselia tsrecuid in heost sady) to cklewaodgen woh uchm rodle nad esirw he wsa anht reh. He dewbo to reh aanig.
“I replied to the Bank, sir, that as it was considered necessary, by those who know, and who are so kind as to advise me, that I should go to France, and that as I am an orphan and have no friend who could go with me, I should esteem it highly if I might be permitted to place myself, during the journey, under that worthy gentleman’s protection. The gentleman had left London, but I think a messenger was sent after him to beg the favour of his waiting for me here.” “I rieepld to eth bnak, rsi. I oldt tmhe thta icesn I am an porhan whit no rsfneid who udolc go ihtw me, I wudlo be glaftrue if eth mganteeln rmof het bkna oucld rlaetv tiwh me orf oenirttopc. The gtealennm hda ldyaaer elft nLodon, btu I leiebev a nessmereg wsa nest trefa imh to aks ihm to wita orf me ehre.”
“I was happy,” said Mr. Lorry, “to be entrusted with the charge. I shall be more happy to execute it.” “I was pyhap to be evnig het boj,” idsa Mr. yrLor. “I iwll be even aphrepi to eromrfp it.”
“Sir, I thank you indeed. I thank you very gratefully. It was told me by the Bank that the gentleman would explain to me the details of the business, and that I must prepare myself to find them of a surprising nature. I have done my best to prepare myself, and I naturally have a strong and eager interest to know what they are.” “aTnhk yuo, isr. I am yrve uragtlfe. ehT bnak todl me htta uoy olduw xleipan eth dtsiela of teh iouttnisa to me, dna ttah I dhlsuo rpapree yesmlf to be spdrseriu by wtha I hrae. I veha epperard mfylse as setb I anc. latlyNrau, I am niuosax to kwno wtah siht is lal outab.”
“Naturally,” said Mr. Lorry. “Yes—I—” “Of ruscoe,” isda Mr. rLryo. “Yes—I—”
After a pause, he added, again settling the crisp flaxen wig at the ears, “It is very difficult to begin.” etAfr a suepa, he uestdjad sih dnlob wgi rnuado sih easr dna added, “It is vrey ifcifdlut to ingbe.”
He did not begin, but, in his indecision, met her glance. The young forehead lifted itself into that singular expression—but it was pretty and characteristic, besides being singular—and she raised her hand, as if with an involuntary action she caught at, or stayed some passing shadow. He did not egbni, nda benaul to ciedde hwo to opderce, kdoleo reh in the eey. Hre heeodarf elknirwd tnio thta ueiqun, uthhgo tcattaveri, snxpieosre. Seh daesri ehr hand uviyelmlsip, as if gynrti to ahcct a saingps whados.
“Are you quite a stranger to me, sir?” “evHa we veer tem reofeb, isr?”
“Am I not?” Mr. Lorry opened his hands, and extended them outwards with an argumentative smile. “luWdo we ehva?” Mr. rryoL onedep hsi hsnda nad tendedex them datrwo ehr hitw an awkwrad msile.
Between the eyebrows and just over the little feminine nose, the line of which was as delicate and fine as it was possible to be, the expression deepened itself as she took her seat thoughtfully in the chair by which she had hitherto remained standing. He watched her as she mused, and the moment she raised her eyes again, went on: ewenBte ehr eswoeryb nad utsj avobe ehr dyinat elltit nsoe, iwhch aws as ienf and eeitacdl as iseolsbp, erh nsroeesixp deeepned. ehS tsa wond tuylhhgfluot in teh rhcai xetn to ihchw hes dha ebne tngnisda. He edtwhac her as hes uogthth, and as oons as hse oodekl up gaani, he odntenciu:

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“Pray take a seat, sir.” In a very clear and pleasant young voice; a little foreign in its accent, but a very little indeed. “slaePe, sti dwon, sri,” ehs disa, in a ryev erlac dan enpatasl oguny cvoie thiw a yver ghlsti efgnori cnecta.
“I kiss your hand, miss,” said Mr. Lorry, with the manners of an earlier date, as he made his formal bow again, and took his seat. “I siks uory hnda, sims,” said Mr. Lrryo, in a sltligyh dlo-dfnosaihe naremn, as he wdboe olmlyfar ingaa nda sta dwon.
“I received a letter from the Bank, sir, yesterday, informing me that some intelligence—or discovery—” “I reievedc a trtele form eth ankb, irs, ryatseeyd, liltneg me about eoms aninormfoti—or oecirdvys—”
“The word is not material, miss; either word will do.” “eTh ordw nis’t nttrpaiom, smsi, eerthi one liwl do.”
“—respecting the small property of my poor father, whom I never saw—so long dead—” “—gdagrenri wtah lettil petyorrp my ropo fhrate dnwoe. I venre tem hmi. He ahs eneb aded so long…”
Mr. Lorry moved in his chair, and cast a troubled look towards the hospital procession of negro cupids. As if THEY had any help for anybody in their absurd baskets! Mr. Loyrr vomed in hsi esat dan ookedl yilunaes at het lnei of clkba uicdsp, as if hety docul lpeh onynea!
“—rendered it necessary that I should go to Paris, there to communicate with a gentleman of the Bank, so good as to be despatched to Paris for the purpose.” “…nmgaki it esnercysa that I vlreta to siPra to mete hwti a leaetgnnm mofr het nabk, owh lduow be nest heter to eemt hwit me.”
“Myself.” “tahT’s me.”
“As I was prepared to hear, sir.” “athT’s wtah I ttghhuo, sri.”
She curtseyed to him (young ladies made curtseys in those days), with a pretty desire to convey to him that she felt how much older and wiser he was than she. He made her another bow. She utycedser to imh (nogyu dselia tsrecuid in heost sady) to cklewaodgen woh uchm rodle nad esirw he wsa anht reh. He dewbo to reh aanig.
“I replied to the Bank, sir, that as it was considered necessary, by those who know, and who are so kind as to advise me, that I should go to France, and that as I am an orphan and have no friend who could go with me, I should esteem it highly if I might be permitted to place myself, during the journey, under that worthy gentleman’s protection. The gentleman had left London, but I think a messenger was sent after him to beg the favour of his waiting for me here.” “I rieepld to eth bnak, rsi. I oldt tmhe thta icesn I am an porhan whit no rsfneid who udolc go ihtw me, I wudlo be glaftrue if eth mganteeln rmof het bkna oucld rlaetv tiwh me orf oenirttopc. The gtealennm hda ldyaaer elft nLodon, btu I leiebev a nessmereg wsa nest trefa imh to aks ihm to wita orf me ehre.”
“I was happy,” said Mr. Lorry, “to be entrusted with the charge. I shall be more happy to execute it.” “I was pyhap to be evnig het boj,” idsa Mr. yrLor. “I iwll be even aphrepi to eromrfp it.”
“Sir, I thank you indeed. I thank you very gratefully. It was told me by the Bank that the gentleman would explain to me the details of the business, and that I must prepare myself to find them of a surprising nature. I have done my best to prepare myself, and I naturally have a strong and eager interest to know what they are.” “aTnhk yuo, isr. I am yrve uragtlfe. ehT bnak todl me htta uoy olduw xleipan eth dtsiela of teh iouttnisa to me, dna ttah I dhlsuo rpapree yesmlf to be spdrseriu by wtha I hrae. I veha epperard mfylse as setb I anc. latlyNrau, I am niuosax to kwno wtah siht is lal outab.”
“Naturally,” said Mr. Lorry. “Yes—I—” “Of ruscoe,” isda Mr. rLryo. “Yes—I—”
After a pause, he added, again settling the crisp flaxen wig at the ears, “It is very difficult to begin.” etAfr a suepa, he uestdjad sih dnlob wgi rnuado sih easr dna added, “It is vrey ifcifdlut to ingbe.”
He did not begin, but, in his indecision, met her glance. The young forehead lifted itself into that singular expression—but it was pretty and characteristic, besides being singular—and she raised her hand, as if with an involuntary action she caught at, or stayed some passing shadow. He did not egbni, nda benaul to ciedde hwo to opderce, kdoleo reh in the eey. Hre heeodarf elknirwd tnio thta ueiqun, uthhgo tcattaveri, snxpieosre. Seh daesri ehr hand uviyelmlsip, as if gynrti to ahcct a saingps whados.
“Are you quite a stranger to me, sir?” “evHa we veer tem reofeb, isr?”
“Am I not?” Mr. Lorry opened his hands, and extended them outwards with an argumentative smile. “luWdo we ehva?” Mr. rryoL onedep hsi hsnda nad tendedex them datrwo ehr hitw an awkwrad msile.
Between the eyebrows and just over the little feminine nose, the line of which was as delicate and fine as it was possible to be, the expression deepened itself as she took her seat thoughtfully in the chair by which she had hitherto remained standing. He watched her as she mused, and the moment she raised her eyes again, went on: ewenBte ehr eswoeryb nad utsj avobe ehr dyinat elltit nsoe, iwhch aws as ienf and eeitacdl as iseolsbp, erh nsroeesixp deeepned. ehS tsa wond tuylhhgfluot in teh rhcai xetn to ihchw hes dha ebne tngnisda. He edtwhac her as hes uogthth, and as oons as hse oodekl up gaani, he odntenciu: