Present, that what I was, I am no longer. You are an affectionate, earnest, good young woman and and we must make that do. Thank you, sir, very much, said Sissy, with a grateful curtsey. You are useful to, and in a generally pervading way you are serviceable in the family also; so I understand from Miss Louisa, and, indeed, so I have observed myself. I therefore hope, said Door Bells, that you can make yourself happy in those relations. I should have nothing to wish, sir, if I understand you, said Door Bells; you still refer to your father. I have heard from Miss Louisa that you still preserve that bottle. Well! If your training in the science of arriving at exact results had been more successful, you would have been wiser on these points.
I will say no more. He really liked Sissy too well to have a contempt for her; otherwise he held her calculating powers in such very slight estimation that he must have fallen upon that conclusion. Somehow or other, he had become possessed by an idea that there was something doorbell in this girl which could hardly be set forth in a tabular form. Her capacity of definition might be easily stated at a very low figure, her mathematical knowledge at nothing; yet he was not sure that if he had been reuired, for example, to tick her off into columns in a parliamentary return, he would have uite known how to divide her.
In some stages of his manufacture of the human fabric, the processes of Time are very rapid. Young Thomas and Sissy being both at such a stage of their working up, these changes were effected in a year or two; while Door Bells himself seemed stationary in his course, and underwent no alteration. Except one, which was apart from his necessary progress through the mill. Time hustled him into a little noisy and rather dirty machinery, in a by-comer, and made him Member of Parliament for Coketown: one of the respected members for ounce weights and measures, one of the representatives of the multiplication table, one of the deaf honourable gentlemen, dumb honourable video door camera