Sommers after that did not move in the direction of the bargain counter
. She took the elevator, which carried her to an upper floor into the region of the ladies' waiting-rooms.
Deemer and two grown daughters occupied the upper rooms of the building, but Silas had never been known to sleep elsewhere than on a cot behind the counter
of the store.
With slowly dawning remembrance, Mr Venus rises, and holds his candle over the little counter
, and holds it down towards the legs, natural and artificial, of Mr Wegg.
Steady-eyed like her husband, she preserved an air of unfathomable indifference behind the rampart of the counter
. Then the customer of comparatively tender years would get suddenly disconcerted at having to deal with a woman, and with rage in his heart would proffer a request for a bottle of marking ink, retail value sixpence (price in Verloc's shop one-and-sixpence), which, once outside, he would drop stealthily into the gutter.
Luckily for the views of Bobbinet & Co., we were all still lying on the counter
. This is deemed a fortunate circumstance in the contingencies of this species of trade, since it enables the dealer to offer his uncalled-for wares in the least suspicious and most natural manner.
Fynes," he said, lifting the flap of the counter
and coming out.
There was an envelope lying on the counter
, and a policeman writing in a note-book!
, shelves, and floor had all been scoured, and the latter was overstrewn with fresh blue sand.
At the first knock, a sound, as of persons fencing with fire- irons, which had until now been very audible, suddenly ceased; at the second, a studious-looking young gentleman in green spectacles, with a very large book in his hand, glided quietly into the shop, and stepping behind the counter
, requested to know the visitor's pleasure.
He brought it and laid it on the counter
; meanwhile, the strange gentleman who had been feeling in his waistcoat pocket, said laughing: "I haven't got any silver; you can keep this." And he threw down half a sovereign, and caught up his coat.
A morose, shabby old man dozed behind the counter
. A thin woman in black, with a sickly face, produced the envelope he had asked for without even looking at him.
And was that really--was it really a SHEEP that was sitting on the other side of the counter
? Rub as she could, she could make nothing more of it: she was in a little dark shop, leaning with her elbows on the counter
, and opposite to her was an old Sheep, sitting in an arm-chair knitting, and every now and then leaving off to look at her through a great pair of spectacles.