’Tom,’ enquired his sister, slowly, and in a curious tone, as if she were reading what she asked in the fire, and it was not quite plainly written there, ’do you look forward with any satisfaction to this change to Mr. Bounderby’s?’
Might Mr. Harthouse inquire Who was suspected?
’Did you tell him in your letter,’ inquired Sissy, ’that suspicion seemed to have fallen upon him, because he had been seen about the Bank at night?
May I be permitted to inquire, if you are charged to convey that information to me in those hopeless words, by the lady of whom we speak?’
Sissy had already been at her side asking her where she lived, and whether she might come to-morrow night, to inquire if there were news of him.
’I don’t exactly know,’ said Mr. Bounderby, ’how I come to be favoured with the attendance of the present company, but I don’t inquire.
’May I inquire, sir,’ pursued the injured woman, ’whether I am the unfortunate cause of your having lost your temper?’
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