The Mystery of Edwin Drood
NOTHING occurred in the night to flutter the tired dove; and the dove arose refreshed.
With Mr. Grewgious, when the clock struck ten in the morning, came Mr. Crisparkle,
who had come at one plunge out of the river at Cloisterham.
'Miss Twinkleton was so uneasy, Miss Rosa,' he explained to her, 'and came round to Ma
and me with your note, in such a state of wonder, that, to quiet her, I volunteered on this
service by the very first train to be caught in the morning. I wished at the time that you
had come to me; but now I think it best that you did AS you did, and came to your
'I did think of you,' Rosa told him; 'but Minor Canon Corner was so near him - '
'I understand. It was quite natural.'
'I have told Mr. Crisparkle,' said Mr. Grewgious, 'all that you told me last night, my dear.
Of course I should have written it to him immediately; but his coming was most
opportune. And it was particularly kind of him to come, for he had but just gone.'
'Have you settled,' asked Rosa, appealing to them both, 'what is to be done for Helena and
'Why really,' said Mr. Crisparkle, 'I am in great perplexity. If even Mr. Grewgious, whose
head is much longer than mine, and who is a whole night's cogitation in advance of me, is
undecided, what must I be!'
The Unlimited here put her head in at the door - after having rapped, and been authorised
to present herself - announcing that a gentleman wished for a word with another
gentleman named Crisparkle, if any such gentleman were there. If no such gentleman
were there, he begged pardon for being mistaken.
'Such a gentleman is here,' said Mr. Crisparkle, 'but is engaged just now.'
'Is it a dark gentleman?' interposed Rosa, retreating on her guardian.
'No, Miss, more of a brown gentleman.'
'You are sure not with black hair?' asked Rosa, taking courage.
'Quite sure of that, Miss. Brown hair and blue eyes.'
'Perhaps,' hinted Mr. Grewgious, with habitual caution, 'it might be well to see him,
reverend sir, if you don't object. When one is in a difficulty or at a loss, one never knows
in what direction a way out may chance to open. It is a business principle of mine, in such