Old Diamond 155
because he was now pretty sure of selling- him, he actually took a pound off what he had meant to ask for him, saying to himself it was a shame to part old friends.
Diamond's father, as soon as he came to himself, turned and asked how much he wanted for the horse.
" I see you're old friends," said the owner.
" It's my own old Diamond. I liked him far the best of the pair, though the other was good. You ain't got him too, have you?"
" No; nothing in the stable to match him there."
"I believe you," said the coachman. " But you'll be wanting a long price for liim, I know."
" No, not so much. I bought him cheap, and as I say, he ain't for my work."
The end of it was that Diamond's father bought old Diamond again, along with a four-wheeled cab. And as there were some rooms to be had over the stable, he took them, wrote to his wife to come home, and set up as a cabman.