Then Virginia knew that the person who spoke was Norris Vine himself, and before every word she uttered she hesitated, thinking always of the listener outside.
What would have been Tregarva's answer, I cannot tell; but Lancelot, who had unintentionally overheard the greater part of the conversation, disliked being any longer a listener, and came close to them.
CAU'DLE (Mrs. Margaret), a curtain lecturer, who between eleven o'clock at night and seven the next morning delivered for thirty years a curtain lecture to her husband Job Caudle, generally a most gentle listener; if he replied she pronounced him insufferably rude, and if he did not he was insufferably sulky.--Douglas Jerrold, Punch ("The Caudle Papers").
As she quieted under its influence, the disappointed listeners, now tip-toeing carefully from the room, heard her murmur in final appeal: "Cannot Adelaide spare one minute from--from her company downstairs, to wish me health and kiss me good night?"
The wind was roaring so loudly that a listener twenty yards away could have heard nothing.