The second pupil who became a factor--a very considerable factor--in Bell's career was a fifteen-year-old girl named Mabel Hubbard, who had lost her hearing, and consequently her speech, through an attack of scarlet-fever when a baby.
Hubbard first became aware of Bell's inventive efforts one evening when Bell was visiting at his home in Cambridge.
Later, Bell ventured to confide to Hubbard his wild dream of sending speech over an electric wire, but Hubbard laughed him to scorn.
Hubbard himself, the celebrated frame-maker of South Audley Street, came in with a somewhat rough-looking young assistant.
Hubbard. I shall certainly drop in and look at the frame-- though I don't go in much at present for religious art--but to-day I only want a picture carried to the top of the house for me.
Hubbard, who had the true tradesman's spirited dislike of seeing a gentleman doing anything useful, Dorian put his hand to it so as to help them.
She was dressed usually in a pink Mother Hubbard
, and she wore all day long a large straw hat.
Old Mother Hubbard
was boosting me to beat the band as a genuine Pomeranian-Hambletonian-Red-Irish-Cochin-China-Stoke-Pogis fox terrier.
Their especial interest in the public-house would seem to imply some latent rakishness in the canine character; for little was eaten there, and they, having no taste for beer or tobacco (Mrs Hubbard
's dog is said to have smoked, but proof is wanting), could only have been attracted by sympathy with loose convivial habits.
After this memorable event, I went to the hatter's, and the bootmaker's, and the hosier's, and felt rather like Mother Hubbard
's dog whose outfit required the services of so many trades.
Did little maidens' hearts beat the same under pearl-embroidered bodices as they do under Mother Hubbard
Shipton, and Mother Hubbard
, and Dame Durden, and so many names of that sort that my own name soon became quite lost among them.