‘Oh! dear me! I am deeply grieved,’ said Mr Grove, when I had informed him of Mr Browning’s death; ‘a kinder-hearted man and master never lived. Liking is not the word; nobody who knew him could help loving him. He was a friend rather than a master to his servants.’ ‘And we would not have felt the loss so greatly,’ said thehousekeeper, whom I afterwards saw at De Vere-gardens1 ‘if he had died at home, where we might have had the satisfaction of doing something for him. I have been with him for fourteen years, and never knew a kinder master. When any of us were ill we had rest and medicine and the best medical advice, just like any of the family. He never took any of the servants abroad with him.’
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