Bobbinet, when his customers were properly out of hearing, "that THESE young ladies should let such an article slip through their fingers.
There are a sort of customers that don't buy promiscuously; they do every thing by rule.
Well, here it is for you," said Hepzibah, reaching it down; but recognizing that this pertinacious customer would not quit her On any other terms, so long as she had a gingerbread figure in her shop, she partly drew back her extended hand, "Where is the cent?
He asked for a paper of tobacco; and as she had neglected to provide herself with the article, her brutal customer dashed down his newly-bought pipe and left the shop, muttering some unintelligible words, which had the tone and bitterness of a curse.
A round, bustling, fire-ruddy housewife of the neighborhood burst breathless into the shop, fiercely demanding yeast; and when the poor gentlewoman, with her cold shyness of manner, gave her hot customer to understand that she did not keep the article, this very capable housewife took upon herself to administer a regular rebuke.
said the curious customer, in describing the incident to one of her acquaintances.
Some malevolent spirit, doing his utmost to drive Hepzibah mad, unrolled before her imagination a kind of panorama, representing the great thoroughfare of a city all astir with customers.
It isn't fair,' she said, one morning when the rush of customers had ceased and they had the shop to themselves.
Unfortunately, everything had included the customers.
She did not care if a million customers came in, all at the same time.
I have passed from one to another, in the course of my business life, just as I pass from one of our customers
to another in the course of my business day; in short, I have no feelings; I am a mere machine.
She was sitting quite still, for the stream of customers
had lessened at this late hour in the afternoon; the gentlemen had chiefly chosen the middle of the day, and Maggie's stall was looking rather bare.