November 3.—Good news at last. Mr. Perkupp has got an
appointment for Lupin, and he is to go and see about it on Monday.
Oh, how my mind is relieved! I went to Lupin’s room to take
the good news to him, but he was in bed, very seedy, so I resolved to
keep it over till the evening.
He said he had last night been elected a member of an Amateur Dramatic
Club, called the “Holloway Comedians”; and, though it was
a pleasant evening, he had sat in a draught, and got neuralgia in the
head. He declined to have any breakfast, so I left him.
In the evening I had up a special bottle of port, and, Lupin being
in for a wonder, we filled our glasses, and I said: “Lupin my
boy, I have some good and unexpected news for you. Mr. Perkupp
has procured you an appointment!” Lupin said: “Good
biz!” and we drained our glasses.
Lupin then said: “Fill up the glasses again, for I have some
good and unexpected news for you.”
I had some slight misgivings, and so evidently had Carrie, for she
said: “I hope we shall think it good news.”
Lupin said: “Oh, it’s all right! I’m engaged
to be married!”