Come with me; Ill soon find Miss Dorrit for you, Miss Dorrits sister went with her, drawing nearer and nearer at every step she took in the darkness to the sound of music and the sound of dancing feet.
At last they came into a maze of dust, where a quantity of people were tumbling over one another, and where there was such a confusion of unaccountable shapes of beams, bulkheads, brick walls, ropes, and rollers, and such a mixing of gaslight and daylight, that they seemed to have got on the wrong side of the pattern of the universe. Little Dorrit, left to herself, and knocked against by somebody every moment, was quite bewildered, when she heard her sisters voice.
Why, good gracious, Amy, what ever brought you here?
I wanted to see you, Fanny dear; and as I am going out all day to- morrow, and knew you might be engaged all day to-day, I thought
But the idea, Amy, of you coming behind! I never did! As her sister said this in no very cordial tone of welcome, she conducted her to a more open part of the maze, where various golden chairs and tables were heaped together, and where a number of young ladies were sitting on anything they could find, chattering. All these young ladies wanted ironing, and all had a curious way of looking everywhere while they chattered.
just as the sisters arrived here, a monotonous boy in a Scotch cap put his head round a beam on the left, and said, Less noise there, ladies! and disappeared. Immediately after which, a sprightly gentleman with a quantity of long black hair looked round a beam on the right, and said, Less noise there, darlings! and also disappeared.
The notion of you among professionals, Amy, is really the last thing I could have conceived! said her sister. Why, how did you ever get here?
I dont know. The lady who told you I was here, was so good as to bring me in.
Like you quiet little things! You can make your way anywhere, I believe. I couldnt have managed it, Amy, though I know so much more of the world.
It was the family custom to lay it down as family law, that she was a plain domestic little creature, without the great and sage experience of the rest. This family fiction was the family assertion of itself against her services. Not to make too much of them.
Well! And what have you got on your mind, Amy? Of course you have got something on your mind about me? said Fanny. She spoke as if her sister, between two and three years her junior, were her prejudiced grandmother.
It is not much; but since you told me of the lady who gave you the bracelet, Fanny
The monotonous boy put his head round the beam on the left, and said, Look out there, ladies! and disappeared. The sprightly gentleman with the black hair as suddenly put his head round the beam on the right, and said, Look out there, darlings! and also disappeared. Thereupon all the young ladies rose and began shaking their skirts out behind.
Well, Amy? said Fanny, doing as the rest did; what were you going to say?
Since you told me a lady had given you the bracelet you showed me, Fanny, I have not been quite easy on your account, and indeed want to know a little more if you will confide more to me.
Now, ladies! said the boy in the Scotch cap. Now, darlings! said the gentleman with the black hair. They were every one gone in a moment, and the music and the dancing feet were heard again.
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