When the twelve guests first trooped into their seats it was the custom (for some unknown reason) for all the fifteen waiters to stand lining the wall like troops presenting arms to the king, while the fat proprietor stood and bowed to the club with radiant surprise, as if he had never heard of them before.
The gait of the good proprietor was indeed his usual gait, but his face was by no means usual.
The proprietor repeated the open-handed gesture with even greater helplessness and in a flash all the men at the table were on their feet.
The proprietor turned upon him, quaking in a kind of palsy of surprise.
Indeed, at this new demand on the carpenter's part, the proprietor
of the Seven Gables was even more thunder-struck than at the cool proposition to surrender his house.
Sir Mulberry, in the same tone, bade the proprietor
go to the devil, and turned to speak with his friends.
On receiving his inmate again, the proprietor of the Asylum acknowledged that he had observed some curious personal changes in her.
She was so completely unnerved by it, that some little time elapsed before she could summon composure enough to follow the proprietor of the Asylum to that part of the house in which the inmates were confined.
One of the nurses volunteered to conduct Miss Halcombe to the place, the proprietor of the Asylum remaining in the house for a few minutes to attend to a case which required his services, and then engaging to join his visitor in the grounds.
Miss Halcombe had only time to assent, and to whisper to her sister that she should hear from her on the next day, when the proprietor of the Asylum joined them.
The cavern was nearly a hundred yards long, and when we reached its inner limit the proprietor
stepped into a branch tunnel with his candles and left us buried in the bowels of the glacier, and in pitch-darkness.
Hastily the proprietor
added two more dollars, and Daughtry promised.