'Such an inconvenient staircase and so many corner-stairs Arthur,' whispered Flora, 'would you object to putting your arm round me under my pelerine?'
With a sense of going down-stairs in a highly-ridiculous manner, Clennam descended in the required attitude, and only released his fair burden at the dining-room door; indeed, even there she was rather difficult to be got rid of, remaining in his embrace to murmur, 'Arthur, for mercy's sake, don't breathe it to papa!'
In five of the stories of The Mabinogion, King Arthur appears.
And the best of all the tales were told of Arthur and his knights.
Arthur, who was stropping a razor and whistling tunelessly, raised his eyebrows.
'I am gratified,' said Arthur, ponderously--in happier moments Maud had admired his gift of language; he read a great deal: encyclopedias and papers and things--'I am gratified to find that you had time to bestow a glance on me.
The warrant was quite to Arthur
's liking, for he was happiest when out in the forest taking a sly peep at the King's deer; and now he reckoned that he could look at them boldly, instead of by the rays of the moon.
'You were born a genius, Mr Nickleby,' said old Arthur
. 'Deep, deep, deep.
'I don't know what I shall do,' she said one day, 'when Arthur
was silent, and was, I could see, striving to grasp the purpose and the inner meaning of the mystery.
took a long time thawing, too, which made it all the harder work; was sadly timid; scarcely ever spoke unless Tom spoke to him first; and, worst of all, would agree with him in everything--the hardest thing in the world for a Brown to bear.
The low whistle, which had assisted him in arriving at this resolution, here broke out into his loudest ringing tenor, and the corridor, as he hurried along it, echoed to his favourite song from the Beggar's Opera, "When the heart of a man is oppressed with care." Not an heroic strain; nevertheless Arthur
felt himself very heroic as he strode towards the stables to give his orders about the horses.