at the corner, who is a privileged amateur, as possessing official knowledge of life and having to deal with drunken men occasionally, exchanges confidential communications with the policeman and has the appearance of an impregnable youth, unassailable by truncheons and unconfinable in station-houses.
Then,' said Mr Gregsbury, 'it would be necessary for him to make himself acquainted, from day to day, with newspaper paragraphs on passing events; such as "Mysterious disappearance, and supposed suicide of a potboy
," or anything of that sort, upon which I might found a question to the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
The unaccustomed visitor from outside, naturally assumed everybody here to be prisoners--landlord, waiter, barmaid, potboy
, and all.
Greater wonder than these, when a bottle-nosed person in a glazed hat had after some considerable hesitation ordered another glass of gin and water of the attendant potboy
, and when Miss Abbey, instead of sending it, appeared in person, saying, 'Captain Joey, you have had as much as will do you good,' not only did the captain feebly rub his knees and contemplate the fire without offering a word of protest, but the rest of the company murmured, 'Ay, ay, Captain
NICK managed to control himself and grabbed a mug of ale from a passing potboy
Thus he metamorphoses from vagrant to potboy
in open-necked shirt to dandy in Shawn Keogh's hat, coat and breeches, to sportsman borne aloft in jockey's silks, and finally to a dethroned figure who just misses being cross-dressed in Sara Tansey's petticoat (in a reverse gesture, she had earlier donned his two boots).
And Pineapple Poll features the comic love knot of Poll, swashbuckling Captain Belaye, Jasper the potboy
of the local inn and the beautiful Blanche.