American Notes By Rudyard Kipling

Well, I went to the house.  There was no one there to stop me, so
I yanked the tinkler - pulled - Page 100
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Well, I Went To The House.

There was no one there to stop me, so I yanked the tinkler - pulled the bell - and drifted into the room where the corpse lay all among the roses and smilax.

I whipped out my note-book and pawed around among the floral tributes, turn-ing up the tickets on the wreaths and seeing who had sent them. In the middle of this I heard some one saying: "Please, oh, please!" behind me, and there stood the daughter of the house, just bathed in tears - I - You unmitigated brute!

HE - Pretty much what I felt myself. "I'm very sorry, miss," I said, "to intrude on the privacy of your grief. Trust me, I shall make it as little painful as possible."

I - But by what conceivable right did you outrage - HE - Hold your horses. I'm telling you. Well, she didn't want me in the house at all, and between her sobs fairly waved me away. I had half the tributes described, though, and the balance I did partly on the steps when the stiff 'un came out, and partly in the church. The preacher gave the sermon. That wasn't my assignment. I skipped about among the floral tributes while he was talking. I could have made no excuse if I had gone back to the office and said that a pretty girl's sobs had stopped me obeying orders. I had to do it. What do you think of it all?

I (slowly) - Do you want to know?

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