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9. Mr And Mrs Boffin In Consultation
Betaking himself straight homeward, Mr Boffin, without further let or hindrance,
arrived at the Bower, and gave Mrs Boffin (in a walking dress of black velvet and
feathers, like a mourning coach- horse) an account of all he had said and done
since breakfast.
'This brings us round, my dear,' he then pursued, 'to the question we left
unfinished: namely, whether there's to be any new go-in for Fashion.'
'Now, I'll tell you what I want, Noddy,' said Mrs Boffin, smoothing her dress with
an air of immense enjoyment, 'I want Society.'
'Fashionable Society, my dear?'
'Yes!' cried Mrs Boffin, laughing with the glee of a child. 'Yes! It's no good my
being kept here like Wax-Work; is it now?'
'People have to pay to see Wax-Work, my dear,' returned her husband, 'whereas
(though you'd be cheap at the same money) the neighbours is welcome to see
YOU for nothing.'
'But it don't answer,' said the cheerfial Mrs Boffin. 'When we worked like the
neighbours, we suited one another. Now we have left work off; we have left off
suiting one another.'
'What, do you think of beginning work again?' Mr Boffin hinted.
'Out of the question! We have come into a great fortune, and we must do what's
right by our fortune; we must act up to it.'
Mr Boffin, who had a deep respect for his wife's intuitive wisdom, replied, though
rather pensively: 'I suppose we must.'
'It's never been acted up to yet, and, consequently, no good has come of it,' said
Mrs Boffin.
'True, to the present time,' Mr Boffin assented, with his former pensiveness, as
he took his seat upon his settle. 'I hope good may be coming of it in the future
time. Towards which, what's your views, old lady?'