"Should you call it bad news
to be told that you were to live at Stone Court, and manage the farm, and be remarkably prudent, and save money every year till all the stock and furniture were your own, and you were a distinguished agricultural character, as Mr.
; she brings bad news
, muttered the old Manxman.
!" repeated Fisher, with a sort of soft emphasis beyond expression.
"Just now," repeated the marquise, passing over her eyes a hand that might have been a model for the graceful contours of antiquity; "just now I was prepared to speak, my ideas were clear and bold, now I am quite confused, quite troubled; I fear I bring you bad news
As soon as they were alone, Nightingale, taking Jones by the hand, cried, "Come, my brave friend, be not too much dejected at what I am going to tell you I am sorry I am the messenger of bad news
; but I think it my duty to tell you." "I guess already what that bad news
is," cries Jones.
"On the date I have just mentioned -- I mean the fifteenth of the month -- my master himself informed me that he had been dreadfully disappointed by a letter received from you, which had come in the morning from foreign parts, and had brought him bad news
. He did not tell me what the news was -- but I have never, in all the years I have passed in the admiral's service, seen him so distressingly upset, and so unlike himself, as he was on that day.
'Miss Grey,' said she, one evening, a month before the all-important day, as I was perusing a long and extremely interesting letter of my sister's--which I had just glanced at in the morning to see that it contained no very bad news
, and kept till now, unable before to find a quiet moment for reading it,--'Miss Grey, do put away that dull, stupid letter, and listen to me!
"I hope he has had no bad news
," said Lady Middleton.
He did not, however, enter immediately, and Mrs Durbeyfield said that she would break the bad news
to him herself, Tess keeping out of sight for the present.
"Can he have heard any bad news
?" I said to myself.
"Not yet," said he; "but I'm afraid the time has come when I must tell you some very bad news
, little friend."
This was bad news
for him, and he was thankful that they had not carried out their first plan and commenced their prospecting at Bekwando village.