There appeared to be another shaking of hands in consequence, and when it was over, the old gentleman said that, though he said it who should not, he believed no son had ever been a greater comfort to his parents than Abel Garland had been to his.
You see, Mr Witherden,' said the old lady, 'that Abel has not been brought up like the run of young men.
Mr Abel will place his name against the other wafer, repeating the same cabalistic words, and the business is over.
There was a short silence, apparently, while Mr Abel went through the prescribed form, and then the shaking of hands and shuffling of feet were renewed, and shortly afterwards there was a clinking of wine-glasses and a great talkativeness on the part of everybody.
Mr Abel, who had a quaint old-fashioned air about him, looked nearly of the same age as his father, and bore a wonderful resemblance to him in face and figure, though wanting something of his full, round, cheerfulness, and substituting in its place a timid reserve.
Having seen the old lady safely in her seat, and assisted in the arrangement of her cloak and a small basket which formed an indispensable portion of her equipage, Mr Abel got into a little box behind which had evidently been made for his express accommodation, and smiled at everybody present by turns, beginning with his mother and ending with the pony.
Abel thought, like the servants at The Shrubs, that the strange man belonged to the unpleasant "kin" who are among the troubles of the rich; she had at first referred the kinship to Mr.
Abel and her husband can relieve or aid me, if necessary.
Cain's envy was the more vile and malignant, towards his brother Abel
, because when his sacrifice was better accepted, there was no body to look on.
Magwitch," he answered, in the same tone; "chrisen'd Abel.
I have been informed by a person named Abel Magwitch, that he is the benefactor so long unknown to me.