"No more mad than you are, miss. As I said just now, my patient has been exciting herself; I daresay she has talked a little wildly in consequence. _Hers_ isn't a brain to give way, I can tell you. But there's somebody else--"
Emily had fled from the room. He had destroyed her last fragment of belief in Mirabel's innocence. She was on the landing trying to console herself, when the doctor joined her.
"Are you acquainted with the gentleman downstairs?" he asked.
"I haven't heard his name; he looks like a clergyman. If you know him--"
"I do know him. I can't answer questions! My mind--"
"Steady your mind, miss! and take your friend home as soon as you can. _He_ hasn't got Mrs. Rook's hard brain; he's in a state of nervous prostration, which may end badly. Do you know where he lives?"
"He is staying with his sister--Mrs. Delvin."
"Mrs. Delvin! she's a friend and patient of mine. Say I'll look in to-morrow morning, and see what I can do for her brother. In the meantime, get him to bed, and to rest; and don't be afraid of giving him brandy."