Bumble was a fat man, and a choleric; so, instead of responding to this open-hearted salutation in a kindred spirit, he gave the little wicket a tremendous shake, and then bestowed upon it a kick which could have emanated from no leg but a beadle's.
Although this invitation was accompanied with a curtsey that might have softened the heart of a church-warden, it by no means mollified the beadle.
Mann ushered the beadle into a small parlour with a brick floor; placed a seat for him; and officiously deposited his cocked hat and can on the table before him.
'And now about business,' said the beadle, taking out a leathern pocket-book.
The beadle drew himself up with great pride, and said, 'I inwented it.'
So the little crazy lodger goes for the beadle, and the rest come out of the room.
In the midst of this sensation, the beadle arrives.
The beadle, though generally understood in the neighbourhood to be a ridiculous institution, is not without a certain popularity for the moment, if it were only as a man who is going to see the body.
By and by the beadle comes out, once more intensifying the sensation, which has rather languished in the interval.
'Then,' said Mr Meagles, laying his forefinger on his companion's breast with great animation, 'don't you see a beadle
, now, if you can help it.
"Look!" said the boy, "there's our beadle
, who is going a journey."
"Down with the beadles
! down with the mace-bearers!"