That is the intention, governor,' replied the other, 'and unless I'm much mistaken, Tommy Codlin is a calculating at this minute what we've lost through your coming upon us.
To this Mr Codlin, who had a surly, grumbling manner, replied, as he twitched Punch off the tombstone and flung him into the box,
Never mind,' said Mr Codlin, with the air of a discontented philosopher.
Turning over the figures in the box like one who knew and despised them, Mr Codlin drew one forth and held it up for the inspection of his friend:
Even Mr Codlin had nothing to urge against a proposal so seasonable.
As he yielded to this suggestion a ready and rapturous assent, they all rose and walked away together; he keeping close to the box of puppets in which he was quite absorbed, the merry little man carrying it slung over his arm by a strap attached to it for the purpose, Nelly having hold of her grandfather's hand, and Mr Codlin sauntering slowly behind, casting up at the church tower and neighbouring trees such looks as he was accustomed in town-practice to direct to drawing-room and nursery windows, when seeking for a profitable spot on which to plant the show.
All this Mr Codlin did with the air of a man who had made up his mind for the worst and was quite resigned; his eye slowly wandering about during the briskest repartee to observe the effect upon the audience, and particularly the impression made upon the landlord and landlady, which might be productive of very important results in connexion with the supper.
Cinderford: Wilcox; Codlin
(Yorke 75), Dipple, Hanks, Yorke (Frame 62); Bowyer (Winchle h-t), Frame (Pointon 49); Bundy, McGregor (Goodrick-Clarke 56), Bruno (Keats (66), Scholes (Shields 53), Reynolds, Mills, Brown (Scholes 70), Lane.