He was at the bottom when she began to descend, and was in the street before she could take his arm.
Neither, as she approached her old home now, did any of the best influences of old home descend upon her.
CHAPTER XII — THE OLD WOMAN OLD STEPHEN descended the two white steps, shutting the black door with the brazen door-plate, by the aid of the brazen full-stop, to which he gave a parting polish with the sleeve of his coat, observing that his hot hand clouded it.
’The proposal is like yourself, and if the position I shall assume at the Bank is one that I could occupy without descending lower in the social scale — ’ ’Why, of course it is,’ said Bounderby.
She had been descending steadily, to the day, and on the day, when Mr. Bounderby issued the weekly invitation recorded above.
Hereupon, no other than the mysterious old woman descended.
CHAPTER XI — LOWER AND LOWER THE figure descended the great stairs, steadily, steadily; always verging, like a weight in deep water, to the black gulf at the bottom.
The same evening, Mrs. Sparsit, in her chamber window, resting from her packing operations, looked towards her great staircase and saw Louisa still descending.
The sun was four hours lower than when Sissy and Rachael had first sat down upon the grass, before a means of enabling two men to descend securely was rigged with poles and ropes.
’Your foot on the last step, my lady,’ said Mrs. Sparsit, apostrophizing the descending figure, with the aid of her threatening mitten, ’and all your art shall never blind me.’