What the devil do you mean by that piece of impertinence, Mr Kenwigs?’ said the collector.
Now, I’ll tell you what, young man; I’ll trouble you not to repeat the impertinence you were guilty of, on the morning you went away.’
’I don’t think he means it impertinently at all,’ replied Mrs Nickleby.
’What!’ said Nicholas, ’cucumbers and vegetable marrows flying at the heads of the family as they walk in their own garden, and not meant impertinently!
No impertinent curiosity—no, no, no.’ There was something so earnest and guileless in the way in which all this was said, and such a complete disregard of all conventional restraints and coldnesses, that Nicholas could not resist it.
’That gentleman, sir?’ replied the waiter, who, no doubt, knew his cue, and answered with just as little respect, and just as much impertinence as he could safely show: ’no, sir, I do not, sir.’
But, pending the salutation, Miss Knag, who was tinged with curiosity, stepped accidentally behind the glass, and encountered the lively young lady’s eye just at the very moment when she kissed the old lord; upon which the young lady, in a pouting manner, murmured something about ’an old thing,’ and ’great impertinence,’ and finished by darting a look of displeasure at Miss Knag, and smiling contemptuously.
And therefore I think it my duty to tell that gentleman that he is mistaken, that I am the lady who he was told by some impertinent person was niece to the Council of Paving-stones, and that I do beg and entreat of him to go quietly away, if it’s only for,’ here Mrs Nickleby simpered and hesitated, ’for MY sake.’
Indignant as he was at this impertinence, there was something so exquisitely absurd in such a cartel of defiance, that Nicholas was obliged to bite his lip and read the note over two or three times before he could muster sufficient gravity and sternness to address the hostile messenger, who had not taken his eyes from the ceiling, nor altered the expression of his face in the slightest degree.
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