"Can I take your hat and coat, sir? and give them a good dry in the kitchen?"
he said with emphasis, and she noticed that he wore big blue spectacles with sidelights
"No, I prefer to keep them on,"
The visitor sat and listened to her retreating feet. He glanced inquiringly at the window before he removed his serviette, and resumed his meal. He took a mouthful, glanced suspiciously at the window, took another mouthful, then rose and, taking the serviette in his hand, walked across the room
"The poor soul's had an accident or an op'ration or somethin'," "What a turn them bandages did give me, to be sure!"
She put on some more coal, unfolded the clothes-horse, and extended the traveller's coat upon this
Then came the light, and Mr. Teddy Henfrey, entering, was confronted by this bandaged person. He was, he says, "taken aback."
"I hope, that it's no intrusion."
"I thought, sir," "you'd prefer the clock--"
"Though, I understand," "that this room is really to be mine for my own private use."
certainly--but, as a rule, I like to be alone and undisturbed.
He felt alone in the room and looked up, and there, grey and dim, was the bandaged head and huge blue lenses staring fixedly, with a mist of green spots drifting in front of them. It was so uncanny to Henfrey that for a minute they remained staring blankly at one another. Then Henfrey looked down again. Very uncomfortable position!
One would like to say something. Should he remark that the weather was very cold for the time of year?
"Why don't you finish and go?""All you've got to do is to fix the hour-hand on its axle. You're simply humbugging--"
"Certainly, sir--one minute more. I overlooked--"
Mr. Henfrey finished and went. But he went feeling excessively annoyed.