a substitute for his sister & then that his mother should;
for both of which suggestions he was indignantly snubbed by
her, � albeit she twice repeated �she should go out some-
where that evening!� It being expected Lotty would return
soon I stayed tea, which was got through in true boarding-
house style, Mrs K leading off with, to the attendant hand-
maiden, �There put some more water in this tea-pot, � its
too strong for me to drink it, I�m sure!� It was
respectable tea. Few persons present, Dod junior & some
four others, an elderly proser at the end of the table.
Mason & wife appeared towards the close of the repast.
But before then, Lotty had returned. �Did you get my
note?� �No!� �Did you take seats?� �Yes!� �Then
we�ll go!� And go we did, her mother refusing to
lend Lott a fan, out of pique. It was half past
7 by the time we got to Chamber Street & the play
had progressed half way through the first Act. But the
seats were secure & front ones too. So establishing
ourselves, the play went on.
I don�t know that I ever enjoyed a play more. To
have this little girl beside me, to touch her
hand, her arm, to have that jetty maze of curls
brush my face as sometimes it would,