to connect her palpitating heart, through the glass, with living things beyond and outside the haunted house. That she then saw, on the wall over the gateway, the shadows of the two clever ones in conversation above. That she then went upstairs with her shoes in her hand, partly to be near the clever ones as a match for most ghosts, and partly to hear what they were talking about.
None of your nonsense with me, said Mr Flintwinch. I wont take it from you.
Mrs Flintwinch dreamed that she stood behind the door, which was just ajar, and most distinctly heard her husband say these bold words.
Flintwinch, returned Mrs Clennam, in her usual strong low voice, there is a demon of anger in you. Guard against it.
I dont care whether theres one or a dozen, said Mr Flintwinch, forcibly suggesting in his tone that the higher number was nearer the mark. If there was fifty, they should all say, None of your nonsense with me, I wont take it from youId make em say it, whether they liked it or not.
What have I done, you wrathful man? her strong voice asked.
Done? said Mr Flintwinch. Dropped down upon me.
If you mean, remonstrated with you
Dont put words into my mouth that I dont mean, said Jeremiah, sticking to his figurative expression with tenacious and impenetrable obstinacy: I mean dropped down upon me.
I remonstrated with you, she began again, because
I wont have it! cried Jeremiah. You dropped down upon me.
I dropped down upon you, then, you ill-conditioned man, (Jeremiah chuckled at having forced her to adopt his phrase,) for having been needlessly significant to Arthur that morning. I have a right to complain of it as almost a breach of confidence. You did not mean it
I wont have it! interposed the contradictory Jeremiah, flinging back the concession. I did mean it.
I suppose I must leave you to speak in soliloquy if you choose, she replied, after a pause that seemed an angry one. It is useless my addressing myself to a rash and headstrong old man who has a set purpose not to hear me.
Now, I wont take that from you either, said Jeremiah. I have no such purpose. I have told you I did mean it. Do you wish to know why I meant it, you rash and headstrong old woman?
After all, you only restore me my own words, she said, struggling with her indignation. Yes.
This is why, then. Because you hadnt cleared his father to him, and you ought to have done it. Because, before you went into any tantrum about yourself, who are
Hold there, Flintwinch! she cried out in a changed voice: you may go a word too far.
The old man seemed to think so. There was another pause, and he had altered his position in the room, when he spoke again more mildly:
I was going to tell you why it was. Because, before you took your own part, I thought you ought to have taken the part of Arthurs father. Arthurs father! I had no particular love for Arthurs father. I served Arthurs fathers uncle, in this house, when Arthurs father was not much above mewas poorer as far
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