耳软心活Going out of the flat a couple of hours before my return and leaving the note for me, Nellie had run first to the old doctor【’】s. She had managed to find out his address beforehand. The doctor told me that he was absolutely petrified when he saw her, and 【“】could not believe his eyes【”】 all the while she was there. 【“】I can【’】t believe it even now,【”】 he added, as he finished his story 【“】and I never shall believe it.【”】 And yet Nellie actually had been at his house. He had been sitting quietly in the armchair in his study in his dressing-gown, drinking his coffee, when she ran in and threw herself on his neck before he had time to realize it. She was crying, she embraced and kissed him, kissed his hands, and earnestly though incoherently begged him to let her stay with him, declaring that she wouldn【’】t and couldn【’】t live with me any longer, and that【’】s why she had left me; that she was unhappy; that she wouldn【’】t laugh at him again or talk about new dresses, but would behave well and learn her lessons, that she would learn to 【“】wash and get up his shirt-front【”】 (probably she had thought over her whole speech on the way or perhaps even before), and that, in fact, she would be obedient and would take as many powders as he liked every day; and that as for her saying she wanted to marry him that had only been a joke, and she had no idea of the kind. The old German was so dumbfounded that he sat open-mouthed the whole time, forgetting the cigar he held in his hand till it went out."The White House, March 18, 1861.“It doos, monsieur,” said Ladoc, accepting the remark as a compliment to himself; “ve have catch fifteen casks already, and they is in most splendid condition.”【“】Well, what next?【”】 asked the old man, sitting down in his easy-chair again.耳软心活
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