These infernal sky parlours—I’m afraid I must move, Nickleby.’
’Then what a doubly demd infernal rascal that footman must be, my soul,’ remonstrated Mr Mantalini.
Such a devoted slave of yours, Miss Nickleby—it’s an infernal thing to treat him so harshly, upon my soul it is.’
I’m infernal selfish; I am—upon my soul I am.’
Isn’t it an infernal shame?’
Pyke asked Pluck whether it was not an infernal shame, and Pluck asked Pyke; but neither answered.
’Infernal cunning,’ echoed two voices.
’Curse those hounds!’ said the invalid, turning his head impatiently towards the adjoining room; ’will nothing stop their infernal throats?’
’Always coupled with that infernal phenomenon,’ sighed Mr Folair; ’and we go into poor lodgings, where I won’t take any wages, and talk sentiment, I suppose?’
Oh! infernal cunning.’
To add to his defeat, Sir Mulberry, considering any such efforts an invasion of his peculiar privilege, eyed the offender steadily, through his glass, as if astonished at his presumption, and audibly stated his impression that it was an ’infernal liberty,’ which being a hint to Lord Frederick, he put up HIS glass, and surveyed the object of censure as if he were some extraordinary wild animal then exhibiting for the first time.
Although Sir Mulberry said this with sufficient ill-humour, he did not seem to feel himself quite at liberty to remain silent; for, after stretching himself very often, and declaring with a shiver that it was ’infernal cold,’ he made an experiment at the breakfast-table, and proving more successful in it than his less-seasoned friend, remained there.