‘Of course Mr Squercum will act as you instruct him,’ said Bideawhile.
’I’ll ask Squercum. I’ll go to him at once. I can’t do any more than that. And upon my word, Mr Melmotte, you’ve given me a great deal of trouble.’
Melmotte with a smile apologized. Then it was settled that they three should meet in that very room on Friday at noon, and that the payment should then be made,—Dolly stipulating that as his father would be attended by Bideawhile, so would he be attended by Squercum. To this Mr Longestaffe senior yielded with a very bad grace.
Lady Carbury was at this time so miserable in regard to her son that she found herself unable...