Mr. Utterson was sitting by his fireside one evening after dinner, when he was surprised to receive a visit from Poole.
'Bless me, Poole, what brings you here?' he cried; and then taking a second look at him, 'What ails you?' he added; 'is the doctor ill?'
'Mr. Utterson,' said the man, 'there is something wrong.'
'Take a seat, and here is a glass of wine for you,' said the lawyer. 'Now, take your time, and tell me plainly what you want.'
'You know the doctor's ways, sir,' replied Poole, 'and how he shuts himself up. Well, he's shut up again in the cabinet; and I don't like it,