222 THE SHADOWS.
man, in whose face benevolence was mingled with obstinacy and a deep shade of the tyrannical. We could not admire him much ; but we would not make up our minds all at once : Shadows never do.
"The dinner bell rang, and down we hurried. The children all looked happy, and we were merry. But there was one cross fellow among the servants, and didn't we plague him! and didn't we get fun out of him ! When he was bringing up dishes, we lay in wait for him at every corner, and sprang upon him from the floor, and from over the banisters, and down from the cornices. He started and stumbled and blundered so in consequence, that his fellow-servants thought he was tipsy. Once he dropped a plate, and had to pick up the pieces, and hurry away with them ; and didn't we pursue him as he went ! It was lucky for him his master did not see how he went