Passing of the Third Floor Back
"It is very comfortable," commented the stranger.
"For this room," stated Mrs. Pennycherry, "together with full board, consisting of--"
"Of everything needful. It goes without saying," again interrupted the stranger with his quiet grave smile.
"I have generally asked," continued Mrs. Pennycherry, "four pounds a week. To you--" Mrs. Pennycherry's voice, unknown to her, took to itself the note of aggressive generosity--"seeing you have been recommended here, say three pounds ten."
"Dear lady," said the stranger, "that is kind of you. As you have divined, I am not a rich man. If it be not imposing upon you I accept your reduction with gratitude."
Again Mrs. Pennycherry, familiar with the satirical method, shot a suspicious glance upon the stranger, but not a line was there, upon that smooth fair face, to which a sneer could for a moment have clung. Clearly he was as simple as he looked.
"Gas, of course, extra."
"Of course," agreed the Stranger.