which swirled fully three feet of water, which, slowly
"Tell me everything, Ruth, as you would to a brother; let me help you, if I can, in your difficulties," he said to her one afternoon. And he really did try to understand, and to realise, how an insignificant and paltry person like Mason the dressmaker could be an object of dread, and regarded as a person having authority, by Ruth. He flamed up with indignation when, by way of impressing him with Mrs. Mason's power and consequence, Ruth spoke of some instance of the effects of her employer's displeasure. He declared his mother should never have a gown made again by such a tyrant--such a Mrs. Brownrigg; that he would prevent all his acquaintances from going to such a cruel dressmaker; till Ruth was alarmed at the threatened consequences of her one-sided account, and pleaded for Mrs. Mason as earnestly as if a young man's menace of this description were likely to be literally fulfilled.
"Indeed, sir, I have been very wrong; if you please, sir, don't be so angry. She is often very good to us; it is only sometimes she goes into a passion: and we are very provoking, I dare say. I know I am for one. I have often to undo my work, and you can't think how it spoils anything (particularly silk) to be unpicked; and Mrs. Mason has to bear all the blame. Oh! I am sorry I said anything about it. Don't speak to your mother about it, pray, sir. Mrs. Mason thinks so much of Mrs. Bellingham's custom."
"Well, I won't this time"--recollecting that there might be some awkwardness in accounting to his mother for the means by which he had obtained his very correct information as to what passed in Mrs. Mason's workroom--"but, if ever she does so again, I'll not answer for myself."
"I will take care and not tell again, sir," said Ruth, in a low voice.
"Nay, Ruth, you are not going to have secrets from me, are you? Don't you remember your promise to consider me as a brother? Go on telling me everything that happens to you, pray; you cannot think how much interest I take in all your interests. I can quite fancy that charming home at Milham you told me about last Sunday. I can almost fancy Mrs. Mason's workroom; and that, surely, is a proof either of the strength of my imagination, or of your powers of description."
Ruth smiled. "It is, indeed, sir. Our workroom must be so different to anything you ever saw. I think you must have passed through Milham often on your way to Lowford."
"Then you don't think it is any stretch of fancy to have so clear an idea as I have of Milham Grange? On the left hand of the road, is it, Ruth?"
"Yes, sir, just over the bridge, and up the hill where the elm-trees meet overhead and make a green shade; and then comes the dear old Grange, that I shall never see again."
- the gunpowder was wanted for making a noise on their saint
- everything else belonging to the church-service; but he
- a unity which shall bind the smallest things with the greatest?
- which had made the world quite comprehensible to her for
- up the steps, depositing her there with her back to the
- rules; and society owes some worthy qualities in many of
- and self-command which were the qualities that made Tom
- feel; it’ll never come to me; I’n got my head under
- either a watch or a clock; and an old man who was supposed
- built in those days, and did not great emperors leave their
- were somewhat grim and drunken ogres, they had a certain
- of a proud honest egoism, which had a hearty dislike to
- and the girl's mind was in such a turmoil that she had
- asthma. How should they know? The vicar of their pleasant
- it, if ever the day comes. And sign your name Thomas Tulliver.”
- years since she hammered the nails into her wooden Fetish
- all the inhabitants came down to the beach to see us pitch
- represented in this way in every town, and by hundreds
- under John Wakem, the man as had helped to ruin him, because
- suffices to lift above the level of the tragi-comic. It
- but he had not been as idle as he appeared to have been.
- life on the banks of the Floss, which even sorrow hardly
- dull men and women, as a kind of population out of keeping
- to that eternal fitness of things which was plainly indicated
- often among the blooms beneath the great moon—the black-haired,
- Poor Mrs. Tulliver, it seemed, would never recover her
- The objects among which her mind had moved complacently
- hoarding of coins likely to disappear from the currency,
- the leadership of each to men whom he believed that he
- spelling-out of what nature has written, which gives its
- mental level of the generation before them, to which they
- and became more and more silent in the short intervals
- and phlox that drew him to the perfumed air of the garden,
- off to the winds again, from a total absence of hooks.
- Journeying down the Rhone on a summer’s day, you have
- the thorough scouring of wooden and copper utensils, the
- numbers. I never saw anything more obliging and humble
- wandering minstrel, the soft-lipped princess, the pious
- of humble, self-devoting maternity, which made Maggie feel
- down by telling her how it vexed Tom that she was injuring
- was scarcely superior to an English cottager. At night
- was of a simple, semi-pagan kind, but there was no heresy
- religious art and religious enthusiasm; for were not cathedrals
- petty to the mind that has a large vision of relations,
- forest, and utters very peculiar noises) has not cried
- later time of anti-Catholic preaching, for people to hold
- in it — if heresy properly means choice — for they
- as mental restlessness, which made her often wander about
- In the afternoon we paid our respects to the governor —
- of that charming rural parish to which Dorlcote Mill belonged;