not in the habit of receiving any one, and were always shut up, Mr Flintwinch led the way into his own office, which presented a sufficiently business- like appearance. Here he put the light on his desk, and said to the stranger, with his wryest twist upon him, Your commands.
MY name is Blandois.
Blandois. I dont know it, said Jeremiah.
I thought it possible, resumed the other, that you might have been advised from Paris
We have had no advice from Paris respecting anybody of the name of Blandois, said Jeremiah.
Jeremiah stood in his favourite attitude. The smiling Mr Blandois, opening his cloak to get his hand to a breast-pocket, paused to say, with a laugh in his glittering eyes, which it occurred to Mr Flintwinch were too near together:
You are so like a friend of mine! Not so identically the same as I supposed when I really did for the moment take you to be the same in the duskfor which I ought to apologise; permit me to do so; a readiness to confess my errors is, I hope, a part of the frankness of my characterstill, however, uncommonly like.
Indeed? said Jeremiah, perversely. But I have not received any letter of advice from anywhere respecting anybody of the name of Blandois.
Just so, said the stranger.
just so, said Jeremiah.
Mr Blandois, not at all put out by this omission on the part of the correspondents of the house of Clennam and Co., took his pocket- book from his breast-pocket, selected a letter from that receptacle, and handed it to Mr Flintwinch. No doubt you are well acquainted with the writing. Perhaps the letter speaks for itself, and requires no advice. You are a far more competent judge of such affairs than I am. It is my misfortune to be, not so much a man of business, as what the world calls (arbitrarily) a gentleman.
Mr Flintwinch took the letter, and read, under date of Paris, We have to present to you, on behalf of a highly esteemed correspondent of our Firm, M. Blandois, of this city, &c. &c. Such facilities as he may require and such attentions as may lie in your power, &c. &c. Also have to add that if you will honour M. Blandois drafts at sight to the extent of, say Fifty Pounds sterling (£50), &c. &c.
Very good, sir, said Mr Flintwinch. Take a chair. To the extent of anything that our House can dowe are in a retired, old- fashioned, steady way of business, sirwe shall be happy to render you our best assistance. I observe, from the date of this, that we could not yet be advised of it. Probably you came over with the delayed mail that brings the advice.
That I came over with the delayed mail, sir, returned Mr Blandois, passing his white hand down his high-hooked nose, I know to the cost of my head and stomach: the detestable and intolerable weather having racked them both. You see me in the plight in which I came out of the packet within this half- hour. I ought to have been here hours ago, and then I should not have to apologise permit me to apologisefor presenting myself so unreasonably, and frighteningno, by-the-bye, you said not frightening; permit me to apologise againthe esteemed lady, Mrs Clennam, in her invalid chamber above stairs.
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