"Darius nodded, quite benevolently. He seemed to have forgotten his
deep grievance against Edwin in the matter of cheque-signing.
"Duncalf's got it [the will]," he murmured after a moment. Duncalf was
the town clerk and a solicitor."
"Another silence fell, and then Josiah,
feeling himself unable to bear any further suspense as to his wife's
real mood and temper, suddenly determined to tell her all about the
geese, and know the worst. And precisely at the instant that he opened
his mouth, the maid opened the door and announced:
wishes to see you at once, sir. He won't keep you a minute.'
'Ask him in here, Mary,' said the Deputy-Mayoress
sweetly; 'and bring another cup and saucer.'
was the Town
Clerk of Bursley:
legal, portly, dry, and a little shy......
'Your husband,' said Mr.
impressively to Clara, 'will, of course, have to step into the Mayor's
shoes, and you'll have to fill the place of the Countess.' He paused,
and added: 'And very well you'll do it, too--very well. Nobody
The Town Clerk frankly admired Clara.
She raised a finger at him. 'You are the most shameless flatterer in
The flatterer was flattered. Having delivered the
weighty news, he had leisure to savour his own importance as the
bearer of it. He drank a cup of tea. Josiah was thoughtful, but Clara
brimmed over with a fascinating loquacity. Then Mr.
said that he must really be going, and, having arranged with the
Mayor-elect to call a special meeting on the Council at once, he did
go, all the while wishing he had the enterprise to stay."
Bennett: His worship the
was town Clerk
of Bursley, and a solicitor. It is well known that all bureaucracies
are honey-combed with intrigue. Denry Machin left school to be clerk
, on the
condition that within a year he should be able to write shorthand at
the rate of a hundred and fifty words a minute."
"Denry Machin was
seated one Monday alone in Mr
offices in Duck Square (where he carried on his practice as a
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