The dinner was exceedingly handsome, and there were all the servants and all the articles of plate which Mr. Collins had promised; and, as he had likewise foretold, he took his seat at the bottom of the table, by her ladyship’s desire, and looked as if he felt that life could furnish nothing greater.
As she said this, she came upon a neat little house, on the door of which was a bright brass plate with the name ‘W. RABBIT’ engraved upon it.
‘I shall sit here,’ the Footman remarked, ‘till tomorrow—’ At this moment the door of the house opened, and a large plate came skimming out, straight at the Footman’s head: it just grazed his nose, and broke to pieces against one of the trees behind him.
Your plate was stowed away among the neighbouring cesspools, and evil communications corrupted its good polish in a day or two.
Such a present of plate as you have made ‘em, is enough to bring tears into anybody’s eyes.
What money would be drawn out of Tellson’s henceforth, and what would lie there, lost and forgotten; what plate and jewels would tarnish in Tellson’s hiding-places, while the depositors rusted in prisons, and when they should have violently perished; how many accounts with Tellson’s never to be balanced in this world, must be carried over into the next; no man could have said, that night, any more than Mr. Jarvis Lorry could, though he thought heavily of these questions.
Jimmy” (that’s one of the children) “run and tell Lize to put on another plate for dinner.”
And, besides, I’ve already told ‘em to put on another plate when I see you coming; so you mustn’t disappoint us.
Jim can do that; and when he wants to send any little common ordinary mysterious message to let the world know where he’s captivated, he can write it on the bottom of a tin plate with a fork and throw it out of the window.
All he’s got to do is to write on the plate and throw it out.