"Was it, sir?" rejoined the guard, touching his hat. "Man or woman, pray, sir?"
"A woman," replied the gentleman. "It is supposed———"
"Now, Ben," cried the coachman impatiently.
"Damn that 'ere bag," said the guard; "are you gone to sleep in there?"
"Coming," cried the office-keeper, running out.
"Coming," growled the guard. "Ah, and so 's the young 'ooman of property that 's going to take a fancy to me, but I don't know when. Here, give hold. All ri-ight!"
The horn sounded a few cheerful notes, and the coach was gone.
Sikes remained standing in the street, apparently unmoved by what he had just heard, and agitated by no stronger feeling than a doubt where to go. At length he went back again, and took the road which leads from Hatfield to St. Albans.
He went on doggedly; but as he left the