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The Warden

Tom Towers, Dr Anticant, and Mr Sentiment
'Ah, Bold! how are you? You haven't breakfasted?'
'Oh yes, hours ago. And how are you?'
When one Esquimau meets another, do the two, as an invariable rule, ask after each
other's health? is it inherent in all human nature to make this obliging inquiry? Did any
reader of this tale ever meet any friend or acquaintance without asking some such
question, and did anyone ever listen to the reply? Sometimes a studiously courteous
questioner will show so much thought in the matter as to answer it himself, by declaring
that had he looked at you he needn't have asked; meaning thereby to signify that you are
an absolute personification of health: but such persons are only those who premeditate
small effects.
'I suppose you're busy?' inquired Bold.
'Why, yes, rather; or I should say rather not. I have a leisure hour in the day, this is it.'
'I want to ask you if you can oblige me in a certain matter.'
Towers understood in a moment, from the tone of his friend's voice, that the certain
matter referred to the newspaper. He smiled, and nodded his head, but made no promise.
'You know this lawsuit that I've been engaged in,' said Bold.
Tom Towers intimated that he was aware of the action which was pending about the
'Well, I've abandoned it.'
Tom Towers merely raised his eyebrows, thrust his hands into his trowsers pockets, and
waited for his friend to proceed.
'Yes, I've given it up. I needn't trouble you with all the history; but the fact is that the
conduct of Mr Harding-- Mr Harding is the--'
'Oh yes, the master of the place; the man who takes all the money and does nothing,' said
Tom Towers, interrupting him.
'Well, I don't know about that; but his conduct in the matter has been so excellent, so little
selfish, so open, that I cannot proceed in the matter to his detriment.' Bold's heart misgave
him as to Eleanor as he said this; and yet he felt that what he said was not untrue. 'I think
nothing should now be done till the wardenship be vacant.'