From the first moment of her dark eyes resting on me, I saw she knew I was the bearer of evil tidings. The scar sprung into view that instant. She withdrew herself a step behind the chair, to keep her own face out of Mrs. Steerforth’s observation; and scrutinized me with a piercing gaze that never faltered, never shrunk.
‘I am sorry to observe you are in mourning, sir,’ said Mrs. Steerforth.
‘I am unhappily a widower,’ said I.
‘You are very young to know so great a loss,’ she returned.
‘I am grieved to hear it. I am grieved to hear it. I hope Time will be good to you.’
‘I hope Time,’ said I, looking at her,