I stepped to the unobstructed casement, withdrew the nail with some difficulty and attempted to raise the sash.
I had traced the secret to its ultimate result, - and that result was the nail. It had, I say, in every respect, the appearance of its fellow in the other window; but this fact was an absolute nullity (conclusive us it might seem to be) when compared with the consideration that here, at this point, terminated the clew.
The nail would be found at last, but by that time he would have lost the hammer.
We would find the hammer for him, and then he would have lost sight of the mark he had made on the wall, where the nail was to go in, and each of us had to get up on the chair, beside him, and see if we could find it; and we would each discover it in a different place, and he would call us all fools, one after another, and tell us to get down.
," he continued, pulling off his hat and turning up his sightless orbs, "is one of those wherewith man's salvation was secured.
To be sure that about not letting my nails
grow, and marrying again if I have the chance, will not slip out of my head; but all that other hash, muddle, and jumble- I don't and can't recollect any more of it than of last year's clouds; so it must be given me in writing; for though I can't either read or write, I'll give it to my confessor, to drive it into me and remind me of it whenever it is necessary."
To-day they were to trim the grape-vine, so Kit mounted half-way up a short ladder, and began to snip and hammer away, while the old gentleman, with a great interest in his proceedings, handed up the nails
and shreds of cloth as he wanted them.
I took little time to think, or they would have caught me then, but snatching up my nailed
stick, rushed headlong from my hiding-place towards the sound of the sea.
"Were I to succeed, I should behold the blue spark flash from the head of the nail
He luffs up before the doubloon; halloa, and goes round on the other side of the mast; why, there's a horse-shoe nailed
on that side; and now he's back again; what does that mean?
Punctually, as the shrill-toned bell of the black marble study clock began to chime nine, Sir Pitt made his appearance, fresh, neat, smugly shaved, with a waxy clean face, and stiff shirt collar, his scanty hair combed and oiled, trimming his nails
as he descended the stairs majestically, in a starched cravat and a grey flannel dressing-gown--a real old English gentleman, in a word--a model of neatness and every propriety.
"You can't conceive how queer it all seems to a country person like me, as queer as that gentleman's nails
I saw at your place..."