boots is to be called at half-past eight and the shoe at nine. Who's number twenty-two, that's to put all the others out? No, no; reg'lar rotation, as Jack Ketch said, wen he tied the men up. Sorry to keep you a waitin', sir, but I'll attend to you directly."
Saying which, the man in the white hat set to work upon a top-boot with increased assiduity.
There was another loud ring; and the bustling old landlady of the White Hart made her appearance in the opposite gallery.
"Sam," cried the landlady, "where's that lazy, idle--why, Sam--oh, there you are; why don't you answer?"
"Wouldn't be gen-teel to answer, 'till you'd done talking," replied Sam, gruffly.
"Here, clean them shoes for number seventeen directly, and take 'em to private sitting-room, number five, first floor."
The landlady flung a pair of lady's shoes into the yard, and bustled away.
"Number 5," said Sam, as he picked up the shoes, and taking a piece of chalk from his pocket, made a memorandum of their destination on the soles--"Lady's shoes and private sittin'-room! I suppose she didn't come in the waggin."
"She came in early this morning," cried the girl, who was still leaning over the railing of the gallery, "with a gentleman in a hackney-coach, and it's him as wants his boots, and you'd better do 'em, that's all about it."
"Vy didn't you say so before?" said Sam, with great indignation, singling out the boots in question from the heap before him. "For all I know'd he vas one o' the regular three-pennies. Private room! and a lady too! If he's anything of a gen'lm'n, he's vorth a shillin' a day, let alone the arrands."
Stimulated by this inspiring reflection, Mr. Samuel brushed away with such hearty good will, that in a few minutes the boots and shoes, with a polish which would have struck envy to the soul of the amiable Mr. Warren (for they used Day and Martin at the White Hart), had arrived at the door of number five.
"Come in," said a man's voice, in reply to Sam's rap at the door.
Sam made his best bow, and stepped into the presence of a lady and gentleman seated at breakfast. Having officiously deposited the gentleman's boots right and left at his feet, and the lady's shoes right and left at hers, he backed towards the door.
"Boots," said the gentleman.
"Sir," said Sam, closing the door, and keeping his hand on the knob of the lock.
"Do you know--what's a-name--Doctors' Commons?"
"Where is it?"
"Paul's Church-yard, sir; low archway on the carriageside, bookseller's at one corner, hot-el on the other, and two porters in the middle as touts for licences."
"Touts for licences!" said the gentleman.
"Touts for licences," replied Sam. "Two coves in vhite aprons--touches their hats wen you walk in--`Licence, sir, licence?' Queer sort, them, and their mas'rs too, sir--Old Baily Proctors--and no mistake."
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