Miss Larkins, laughing, draws her hand through my arm, and says, ‘Now take me back to Captain Bailey.’
I am lost in the recollection of this delicious interview, and the waltz, when she comes to me again, with a plain elderly gentleman who has been playing whist all night, upon her arm, and says:
‘Oh! here is my bold friend! Mr. Chestle wants to know you, Mr. Copperfield.’
I feel at once that he is a friend of the family, and am much gratified.
‘I admire your taste, sir,’ says Mr. Chestle. ‘It does you credit. I suppose you don’t take much interest in hops; but I am a pretty large grower myself; and if you ever like to come over to our neighbourhood — neighbourhood of Ashford —