IN DICKENS'S LONDON
"GEORGE INN," WHERE MR. PICKWICK FIRST MET SAM WELLER
"'Halloo,' replied the man with the white hat.
"'Number twenty-two wants his boots.'
"'Ask number twenty-two, vether he'll have 'em now, or vait till he gets 'em,' was the reply.
"'Come, don't be a fool, Sam,' said the girl, coaxingly, 'the gentleman wants his boots directly.'
"'Well, you are a nice young 'ooman for a musical party, you are,' said the boot-cleaner. 'Look at these here boots—eleven pair o' boots; and one shoe as b'longs to number six, with the wooden leg. The eleven boots is to be called at half-past eight and the shoe at nine. Who's number twenty-two, that's to put all the others out? No, no; reg'lar rotation, as Jack Ketch said, ven he tied the men up. Sorry to keep you a-waitin', Sir, but I'll attend to you directly.'
"Saying which, the man in the white hat set to work upon a top-boot with increased assiduity.
"There was another loud ring; and the bustling old land-lady of the White Hart made her appearance in the opposite gallery.