deavouring to steer between the respective sandbanks of disloyalty and odium. "I've got the place," he added ingenuously.
The girl stared at him.
That Anthony did not appreciate why she had remained upon the landing was to her incredible.
"I 'eard," she said loftily.
Anthony felt crushed.
At his suggestion she let him out of the front door.
"See yer to-morrow," she cried.
"That's right, miss."
Anthony passed down the steps and walked quickly away. Before he had covered a hundred paces, he stopped and turned up his trousers. The sartorial forfeit to respectability had served its turn.
When Mr. Hopkins, the butler, returned a little unsteadily at a quarter to ten to learn that his mistress had engaged a "proper toff" as his footman, he was profoundly moved.
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A visit to the West End offices of Dogs' Country Homes, Ltd., which he made the next morning, satisfied Anthony that, by putting Patch in their charge, he was doi