Excuse me, but is there a fairly cheap hotel not too far away from here?
Try The Bell and Dragon, They might take you in. It’s about a quarter of a mile along on the other side
He was in the act of stepping back and turning away from the window when all at once his eye was caught by the small notice that was there. BED AND BREAKFAST, it said., Each word was like a eye staring at him through the glass, holding him, compelling him, forcing him to stay where he was and not to walk away from that house, and the next thing he knew, he was actually moving across from the window to the front door of the house, climbing the steps that led up to it, and reaching for the bell
He pressed the bell., then at once —it must have been at once because he hadn’t even had time to take his finger from the bell button—the door swung open and a woman was standing there