He wore rather baggy grey shepherd’s check trousers, a not over-clean black frock-coat, unbuttoned in the front, and a drab waistcoat with a heavy brassy Albert chain, and a square pierced bit of metal dangling down as an ornament.
I went to my work as usual at ten o’clock, but the door was shut and locked, with a little square of cardboard hammered on to the middle of the panel with a tack.
The road in which we found ourselves as we turned round the corner from the retired Saxe-Coburg Square presented as great a contrast to it as the front of a picture does to the back.
It was difficult to realise as we looked at the line of fine shops and stately business premises that they really abutted on the other side upon the faded and stagnant square which we had just quitted.
This business at Coburg Square is serious.”
“Only one of those whimsical little incidents which will happen when you have four million human beings all jostling each other within the space of a few square miles.
These articles, with two small wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save for a square of Wilton carpet in the centre.
Within was a small, square room, in which the three of us could hardly get at one time.
“Oh, you mean the little problem of the Grosvenor Square furniture van.
“Have you dragged the basin of Trafalgar Square fountain?”