Young Toots blushed again; and finding, from a solemn silence which prevailed, that he was expected to say something, said to Paul, ’How are you?’ in a voice so deep, and a manner so sheepish, that if a lamb had roared it couldn’t have been more surprising.
With that, Mrs Blimber, who was a lady of great suavity, and a wiry figure, and who wore a capcomposed of sky-blue materials, pied upstairs with Mr Dombey and Cornelia; Mrs Pipchin following, and looking out sharp for her enemy the footman.
While they were gone, Paul sat upon the table, holding Florence by the hand, and glancing timidlyfrom the Doctor round and round the room, while the Doctor, leaning back in his chair, with his hand in his breast as usual, held a book from him at arm’s length, and read. There was something very awful in this manner of reading. It was such a determined, unimpassioned, inflexible, cold-blooded way of going to work. It left the Doctor’s countenance exposed to view; and when the Doctor smiled suspiciously at his author, or knit his brows, or shook his head and made wryfaces at him, as much as to say, ’Don’t tell me, Sir; I know better,’ it was terrific.
Toots, too, had no business to be outside the door, ostentatiously examining the wheels in his watch, and counting his half-crowns. But that didn’t last long; for Doctor Blimber, happening to change the position of his tight plump legs, as if he were going to get up, Toots swiftly vanished, and appeared no more.
Mr Dombey and his conductress were soon heard coming downstairs again, talking all the way; and presently they re-entered the Doctor’s study.
’I hope, Mr Dombey,’ said the Doctor, laying down his book, ’that the arrangements meet yourapproval.’
’They are excellent, Sir,’ said Mr Dombey.
’Very fair, indeed,’ said Mrs Pipchin, in a low voice; never disposed to give too muchencouragement.
’Mrs Pipchin,’ said Mr Dombey, wheeling round, ’will, with your permission, Doctor and Mrs Blimber, visit Paul now and then.’
’Whenever Mrs Pipchin pleases,’ observed the Doctor.
’Always happy to see her,’ said Mrs Blimber.
’I think,’ said Mr Dombey, ’I have given all the trouble I need, and may take my leave. Paul, my child,’ he went close to him, as he sat upon the table. ’Good-bye.’
注释：solemn adj. 庄严的，严肃的；隆重的，郑重的
[ 比较级more solemn 最高级most solemn ]
(1) Chinese people look very solemn.
(2) The inauguration was a solemn event.
(3) She had sworn a solemn oath to return .
(4) Earl was always a quiet, solemn little fellow.
(5) The ceremony proceeded in a solemn atmosphere.
(6) I’m not kidding. said my dad, in solemn tones.
(7) Let your satisfaction is our solemn commitment!
(8) Spring Festival is the most solemn year, the biggest festival.
permission n. 允许，许可
without permission 未经许可
with one’s permission 如果…允许的话
written permission 书面许可证；签单
ask for permission 征求许可；请求允许
planning permission （英）建筑许可证（建造或改建房屋前必须获得的）
give permission 准许
grant permission 准许
(1) John besought her for permission.
(2) You cannot set permission in linked textbox .
(3) We deny having done this job without permission.
(4) We’d like permission to stay here for another week.
(5) To take or use without asking permission; appropriate.
(6) It was inhuman to refuse him permission to see his wife.
(7) Now give yourself permission to do all those things anyway.
(8) To get the job started, all that I need is your permission.