To me there was something unspeakably uncomfortable in the solemn dead silences that always followed this old person
's tremendous outpourings of his feelings.
Having now disburdened himself of his great surprise, the schoolmaster sat down, and drawing Nell to his side, told her how he had learnt that ancient tenement had been occupied for a very long time by an old person
, nearly a hundred years of age, who kept the keys of the church, opened and closed it for the services, and showed it to strangers; how she had died not many weeks ago, and nobody had yet been found to fill the office; how, learning all this in an interview with the sexton, who was confined to his bed by rheumatism, he had been bold to make mention of his fellow-traveller, which had been so favourably received by that high authority, that he had taken courage, acting on his advice, to propound the matter to the clergyman.
Villefort left her to the care of the women, while old Barrois ran, half-scared, to his master; for nothing frightens old people so much as when death relaxes its vigilance over them for a moment in order to strike some other old person
. Then, while Madame de Saint-Meran remained on her knees, praying fervently, Villefort sent for a cab, and went himself to fetch his wife and daughter from Madame de Morcerf's.
'You needn't make the least apology, my dear,' said Miss Knag, smiling sweetly as she spoke; 'I dare say she is a very respectable old person
, and I shall be quite--hem--quite pleased to know her.'
He appeared surprised at this - I see him stop and look at me now - and after considering for a few moments, said he wanted to call on an old person
who lived not far off, and that the best way would be for me to buy some bread, or whatever I liked best that was wholesome, and make my breakfast at her house, where we could get some milk.
He told me, "It was one Benamuckee, that lived beyond all;" he could describe nothing of this great person, but that he was very old, "much older," he said, "than the sea or land, than the moon or the stars." I asked him then, if this old person
had made all things, why did not all things worship him?
You lodge yourself of your own accord in a house with a drunken--tailor, I suppose--or something of the sort, and a little crooked antic of a child, or old person
, or whatever it is, and then you talk as if you were drawn or driven there.
We had some sharp words, and I felt pretty cheap, to come banging into a grave old person
like that, with a million strangers looking on and smiling to themselves.
It struck me, however, as being the one which was most likely to interest that exceedingly unpleasant old person
And though it was a sad business enough, I rather question whether fourteen young people, without any old persons
to keep them in order, could continue to spend the whole time of the voyage in being miserable.
They knew, these excellent old persons
, that, by all established rule -- and, as regarded some of them, weighed by their own lack of efficiency for business -- they ought to have given place to younger men, more orthodox in politics, and altogether fitter than themselves to serve our common Uncle.
Open old people's homes to children I remember watching a wonderful documentary about children going into an old person