who’s off to see the lightning lord, whether she wills
They then thought it would be as well to see Mother Brigaut, and were received by the old woman with slavish deference.
"No one has been near the dear young gentleman," said she, in reply to their questions. "Last night he came down about seven o'clock, and asked where the nearest eating-house was. I directed him to Du Val's, and he was back by eight, and by eleven I saw that he had put out his light."
"I went up stairs at nine, and he had just finished dressing. He told me to get his breakfast ready, which I did. He ate well, and I said to myself, 'Good; the bird is getting used to its cage.' "
"Then he commenced singing like a very bird, the dear fellow. His voice is as sweet as his face; any woman would fall in love with him. I'm precious glad that my girl, Euphenice is nowhere near."
"And after that he went out?" continued Tantaine. "Did he say how long he would be away?"
"Only to give his lessons. I suppose he expected that you would call."
"Very good," remarked the old man; then, addressing Dr. Hortebise, he said, "Perhaps, sir, you are going to the Registry Office?"
"He is not there; but if you want to see him on any special matter, you had better come to our young friend's apartment, and await his arrival."