"I did not know you had been here before," said Ruth, as Mr. Bellingham helped her off with her cloak. strap ons and harness
"Oh, yes; three years ago I was here on a reading party. We were here above two months, attracted by Jenny's kind heart and oddities, but driven away finally by the insufferable dirt. However, for a week or two it won't much signify."
"But can she take us in? I thought I heard her saying her house was full."
"Oh, yes, I dare say it is; but I shall pay her well. She can easily make excuses to some poor devil, and send him over to the other side; and for a day or two, so that we have shelter, it does not much signify."
"Could not we go to the house on the other side?"