'The counting-house, sir?' I repeated. 'Of Murdstone and Grinby, in the wine trade,' he replied.
I suppose I looked uncertain, for he went on hastily:
'You have heard the "counting-house" mentioned, or the business, or the cellars, or the wharf, or something about it.'
'I think I have heard the business mentioned, sir,' I said, remembering what I vaguely knew of his and his sister's resources. 'But I don't know when.'
'It does not matter when,' he returned. 'Mr. Quinion manages that business.'
I glanced at the latter deferentially as he stood looking out of window.
'Mr. Quinion suggests that it gives employment to some other boys, and that he sees no reason why it shouldn't, on the same terms, give employment to you.'
'He having,' Mr. Quinion observed in a low voice, and half turning round, 'no other prospect, Murdstone.'