’We are sure that the honourable member for Westminster does understand the subject,’ said the leader of the House, ’and we shall be very glad to hear his remarks. The House I am sure will pardon ignorance of its rules in so young a member.’
But Mr Melmotte would not rise again. He had made a great effort, and had at any rate exhibited his courage. Though they might all say that he had not displayed much eloquence, they would be driven to admit that he had not been ashamed to show himself. He kept his seat till the regular stampede was made for dinner, and then walked out with as stately a demeanour as he could assume.
‘Well, that was plucky!’ said Cohenlupe, taking his friend’s arm in the lobby.