The new-comer was Adolf. Adolf was one of that numerous band of Swiss and German youths who come to this country prepared to give their services ridiculously cheap in exchange for the opportunity of learning the English language.
The bulk of Adolf's perquisites consisted of the tips he received for going to the general store down the road for tobacco, stamps, and so on.
He was surprised to find that Adolf, so far from getting out, came in and shut the door.
Zo!' And Adolf, in the worst taste, gave a realistic imitation of the scene, himself sustaining the role of James.
'Lizzun!' said Adolf. 'Berhaps I Herr Blazzervig dell.
Adolf, as blackmailer, in which role he now showed himself, differed in some respects from the conventional blackmailer of fiction.
In his most light-hearted moments Adolf never forgot the reason which had brought him to England.
Adolf, he thought, regarded the painful episode as closed.
He felt genially disposed toward Adolf. He read the leading article, and proceeded to give a full and kindly explanation of the hard words.
"But it is, my dear!--so far as it is straining through me, Adolf
Naumann: that stands firm," said the good-natured painter, putting a hand on Ladislaw's shoulder, and not in the least disturbed by the unaccountable touch of ill-humor in his tone.
Going to the foot of the stairs, she screamed out "Mother!" Then opening the glazed door leading to the shop, she said quietly "Adolf
!" Mr Verloc had not changed his position; he had not apparently stirred a limb for an hour and a half.