x, and taking London en route; for women of all callings, who were deplorably poor, idle or vicious--it mattered not, so that they paid Mrs. Watts her claim upon them.
Mattie sat down by the fire, and began shivering with more violence than had characterized her in the cold and fog. The disturbed shadow, flung by the fire-light--the only light there--on the wall, shivered and danced grotesquely in the rear. No one took notice of the new-comer--although more than one woman lay awake in the background. A wrinkled hag, reposing with her basket of stay-laces under her head for security's sake, winked and blinked at her for a while, and then went off into a disjointed snore--the young mother with the sick child, sat up in her share of the bed, and rocked the coughing infant backwards and forwards, till her neighbour, with an oath, swore at her for letting the cold in; then all was as Mattie had found it upon entering.
Presently Mrs. Watts returned, candle in hand, smelling more aromatically