1 Old Mr. Oliver sighed profoundly.
2 Mr. Oliver still tramped the terrace.
3 "Discussing the cesspool," said Mr. Oliver.
4 "Marking time," said old Oliver beneath his breath.
5 She saw Giles Oliver with his back to the audience.
6 Old Oliver raised himself, his veins swollen, his cheeks flushed; he was angry.
7 Then Mr. Oliver crumpled the paper which he had cocked into a snout and appeared in person.
8 The lady was a picture, bought by Oliver because he liked the picture; the man was an ancestor.
9 There with her old hands on the hasp, jerking it open, she stood: old Oliver's married sister; a widow.
10 And she waved her hand upon which there was a glove, and under the glove it seemed rings, at old Mr. Oliver.
11 And as he cringed at the old man's feet, a string was slipped over his collar; the noose that old Oliver always carried with him.
12 Mrs. Haines glared at her out of goose-like eyes, gobbling, "Please, Mrs. Giles Oliver, do me the kindness to recognize my existence."
13 Allowing ten seconds to intervene, she rose; paused; and then, as if she had heard the last strain die out, offered Mrs. Giles Oliver her hand.
14 Oliver, then turning, added further Lady Haslip, of Haslip Manor, as he spied that old lady wheeled in her chair by her footman winding up the procession.
15 This afternoon he wasn't Giles Oliver come to see the villagers act their annual pageant; manacled to a rock he was, and forced passively to behold indescribable horror.
16 The old man in the arm-chair--Mr. Oliver, of the Indian Civil Service, retired--said that the site they had chosen for the cesspool was, if he had heard aright, on the Roman road.
17 Mrs. Giles Oliver drew the comb through the thick tangle of hair which, after giving the matter her best attention, she had never had shingled or bobbed; and lifted the heavily embossed silver brush that had been a wedding present and had its uses in impressing chambermaids in hotels.
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