Tupman, who had lingered behind to snatch a kiss from Emma, for which he had been duly rewarded with sundry
pushings and scratchings, arrived at the parlour door.
He looked like an Italian, was dressed like an Englishman, and had the independent air of an American--a combination which caused sundry
pairs of feminine eyes to look approvingly after him, and sundry
dandies in black velvet suits, with rose-colored neckties, buff gloves, and orange flowers in their buttonholes, to shrug their shoulders, and then envy him his inches.
Richard filled the chair that was placed behind another table, in the capacity of clerk; while Benjamin, after heaping sundry
logs on the fire, posted himself nigh by, in reserve for any movement that might require co-operation.
"Of course not; he knows you are with me," Robert replied, as he busied himself among sundry
pans and covered dishes which had been left standing on the hearth.
What under the heavens he did it for, I cannot tell, but his next movement was to crush himself --boots in hand, and hat on --under the bed; when, from sundry
violent gaspings and strainings, I inferred he was hard at work booting himself; though by no law of propriety that I ever heard of, is any man required to be private when putting on his boots.
In his memoirs he piously thanks the Giver of all Good for remembering him in his needs and delivering sundry
such cargoes into his hands at times when only special providences could have relieved him.