inquired the widow, rather puzzled by Tom's manner.
The widow looked much amazed, but she sat down, and Tom sat down too, close beside her.
The widow looked more puzzled than ever, and made an effort to rise.
IF--" "'Well," said the widow, laughing outright this time, "WHEN I do, I hope I shall have as good a husband as you describe.
I am sure nobody who knows him, knows anything bad of him," said the widow, bridling up at the mysterious air with which Tom had spoken.
The widow began to think it was high time to cry, so she took out her handkerchief, and inquired whether Tom wished to insult her, whether he thought it like a gentleman to take away the character of another gentleman behind his back, why, if he had got anything to say, he didn't say it to the man, like a man, instead of terrifying a poor weak woman in that way; and so forth.
inquired the widow, looking intently in Tom's countenance.
If it is, that he wants money," said the widow, "I know that already, and you needn't trouble yourself.
The widow rocked herself to and fro, and wrung her hands.
Tom Smart, in the energy of his compassion, had put his arm round the widow's waist; and the widow, in a passion of grief, had clasped Tom's hand.
I never could find out, gentlemen, whether Tom did or did not kiss the widow at that particular moment.
At all events, Tom kicked the very tall man out at the front door half an hour later, and married the widow a month after.