While he was hesitating, the station-master passed the door. Emily asked him to direct her to the house in which Mrs. Rook had been received. He led the way to the end of the platform, and pointed to the house. Emily and Mrs. Ellmother immediately left the station. Mirabel accompanied them, still remonstrating, still raising obstacles.
The house door was opened by an old man. He looked reproachfully at Mirabel. "You have been told already," he said, "that no strangers are to see my wife?"
Encouraged by discovering that the man was Mr. Rook, Emily mentioned her name. "Perhaps you may have heard Mrs. Rook speak of me," she added.
"I've heard her speak of you oftentimes."
"He thinks she may get over it. She doesn't believe him."
"Will you say that I am anxious to see her, if she feels well enough to receive me?"
Mr. Rook looked at Mrs. Ellmother. "Are there two of you wanting to go upstairs?" he inquired.
"This is my old friend and servant," Emily answered. "She will wait for me down here."