The playground was a bare gravelled
yard, open to all the back of the house and the offices; and I knew that the servants read it, and the butcher read it, and the baker read it; that everybody, in a word, who came backwards and forwards to the house, of a morning when I was ordered to walk there, read that I was to be taken care of, for I bit, I recollect that I positively began to have a dread of myself, as a kind of wild boy who did bite.
I thought it would have been so pleasant to have looked out upon a garden planted with flowers and trees, so amusing to have watched the demoiselles at their play; to have studied female character in a variety of phases, myself the while sheltered from view by a modest muslin curtain, whereas, owing doubtless to the absurd scruples of some old duenna of a directress, I had now only the option of looking at a bare gravelled
court, with an enormous "pas de geant" in the middle, and the monotonous walls and windows of a boys' school-house round.
When Marmaduke left his office after executing his disagreeable duty, he met Oliver Edwards, walking up the gravelled
walk in front of the mansion-house with great strides, and with a face agitated by feeling.