But between the office and the cloak room was a small private room without other outlet, sometimes used by the proprietor for delicate and important matters, such as lending a duke a thousand pounds or declining to lend him sixpence.
His room had no direct outlet on the passage, but let on one side into the glass office, and on the other into the cloak room beyond.
Father Brown flung down his paper, and, knowing the office door to be locked, went at once into the cloak room on the other side.
As they did so they passed the dim alcove or cavern of the cloak room, and saw a short, black-coated figure, presumably an attendant, standing a little way back in the shadow of it.
They paused, wavering and wondering, while he quietly went to the back of the cloak room, and came back with both hands full of shining silver, which he laid out on the counter as calmly as a salesman.
Valuable things to deposit in a cloak room, aren't they?
He put the plates down on a sideboard, stuffed the silver in his breast pocket, giving it a bulgy look, and ran like a hare (I heard him coming) till he came to the cloak room.
As he glanced at the tender and the rails, under the influence of the conversation with a friend he had not met since his misfortune, he suddenly recalled HER--that is, what was left of her when he had run like one distraught into the cloak room
of the railway station--on the table, shamelessly sprawling out among strangers, the bloodstained body so lately full of life; the head unhurt dropping back with its weight of hair, and the curling tresses about the temples, and the exquisite face, with red, half-opened mouth, the strange, fixed expression, piteous on the lips and awful in the still open eyes, that seemed to utter that fearful phrase--that he would be sorry for it--that she had said when they were quarreling.
On the ground level, the front door opens into the dining room, with a staircase and sitting room to the left of the property, while the dining room leads through to a kitchen, cloak room
and conservatory to the rear.
Spanning three floors, it has a lounge, kitchen/diner, utility room, cloak room
, three bedrooms - the master with en suite - and a family bathroom.