’I think, mama,’ said Kate hesitating, and remarking Newman’s averted face, ’you would hurt his feelings if you offered it.’
’Quite enough,’ said Ralph, carelessly, and averting his face.
In turning his face towards the brothers he was obliged to avert it from the window; but, before either of them could speak, he had looked round again.
But the expression of his face, Sir Mulberry’s being averted, was in extraordinary contrast; and as he stood, in his usual attitude, calmly looking on the prostrate form before him, all that part of his features which was not cast into shadow by his protruding and contracted brows, bore the impress of a sarcastic smile.
Neither is there the slightest reason why Mrs Nickleby should have expressed surprise when, candles being at length brought in, Kate’s bright eyes were unable to bear the light which obliged her to avert her face, and even to leave the room for some short time; because, when one has sat in the dark so long, candles ARE dazzling, and nothing can be more strictly natural than that such results should be produced, as all well-informed young people know.