The constitution of the summer-house had lasted until the spring of the year eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, when the unhallowed footsteps of innovation passed that way; and the venerable privileges of the Owls were assailed, for the first time, from the world outside.
Two featherless beings appeared, uninvited, at the door of the summer-house, surveyed the constitutional creepers, and said, "These must come down"--looked around at the horrid light of noonday, and said, "That must come in"--went away, thereupon, and were heard, in the distance, agreeing together, "To-morrow it shall be done."
Moving without conscious will of my own, drawn nearer and nearer to her by an irresistible power, I ascended the short flight of stairs which led into the summer-house
. Within a few paces of her I stopped.
Before she could speak again, he had turned the corner of the summer-house
, and was lost to view in a shrubbery on the westward side of the grounds.
To this inviting spot, entreating him to observe its beauties as they passed along, Mr Quilp led Richard Swiveller, and on the table of the summer-house
, scored deep with many a gallows and initial letter, there soon appeared a wooden keg, full of the vaunted liquor.
This witness was severely cross-examined as to the correctness of his recollection of the talk in the summer-house
, and as to his capacity for identifying both the speakers.
Hartright will pay ME no compliments," said Miss Fairlie, as we all left the summer-house
"He exhausted himself last night," Dorothea said to herself, thinking at first that he was asleep, and that the summer-house
was too damp a place to rest in.