— Yes, sir.
In long shady strokes Sargent copied the data. Waiting always for a word of help his hand moved faithfully the unsteady symbols, a faint hue of shame flickering behind his dull skin." (U2.161)
Like him was I, these sloping shoulders, this gracelessness. My childhood bends beside me. Too far for me to lay a hand there once or lightly. Mine is far and his secret as our eyes. Secrets, silent, stony, sit in the dark palaces of both our hearts: secrets weary of their tyranny: tyrants willing to be dethroned." (U2.165)
- It is very simple, Stephen said as he stood up.
- Yes, sir. Thanks, Sargent answered.
He dried the page with a sheet of thin blottingpaper and carried his copybook back to his bench.
- You had better get your stick and go out to the others, Stephen said as he followed towards the door the boy's graceless form.
- Yes, sir.
In the corridor his name was heard, called from the playfield.
- Run on, Stephen said. Mr Deasy is calling you." (U2.173)
- Cochrane and Halliday are on the same side, sir, Stephen said.
- Will you wait in my study for a moment, Mr Deasy said, till I restore order here.
And as he stepped fussily back across the field his old man's voice cried sternly:
- What is the matter? What is it now?
Their sharp voices cried about him on all sides: their many forms closed round him, the garish sunshine bleaching the honey of his illdyed head." (U2.189)
Apostle spoons were sometimes produced in sets of thirteen, the thirteenth showing the Virgin Mary (the British Museum in London has such a set from England dating from 1536-7) or Jesus.
Complete sets of apostle spoons are uncommon nowadays, and may be found on ebay.
The Edward VII sovereign was minted, bright and new, in 1902; the portrait was the work of Mr. de Saulles.
A 'sovereign' = a £1 gold coin depicting the monarch on the obverse, and St George on the reverse.
- He shot from it two crowns and two shillings.
- Three twelve, he said. I think you'll find that's right." (U2.219)
- No thanks at all, Mr Deasy said. You have earned it." (U2.223)
This PC shows details of Edwardian currency.
£sd = pounds, shillings, pence
£1 = 4 crowns = 20 shillings = 240 pence
1 guinea = £1 + 1s
2s coin = florin
Stephen's pay of 'three twelve' means 3 pounds and 12 shillings. It can be written as £3-12-0 or £3/12/0.
Mr Deasy gives it as: 2 £1 notes + 1 sovereign + 2 crowns (= 10s) + 2s.
The next step is understanding this postcard!
- Don't carry it like that, Mr Deasy said. You'll pull it out somewhere and lose it. You just buy of of these machines. You'll find them very handy.
Answer something." (U2.226)