'Come， come，' he said， 'you are flurried， Mr. Lockwood. Here， take a little wine. Guests are so exceedingly rare in this house that I and my dogs， I am willing to own， hardly know how to receive them. Your health， sir?'
I bowed and returned the pledge; beginning to perceive that it would be foolish to sit sulking for the misbehaviour of a pack of curs; besides， I felt loth to yield the fellow further amusement at my expense; since his humour took that turn.
He - probably swayed by prudential consideration of the folly of offending a good tenant - relaxed a little in the laconic style of chipping off his pronouns and auxiliary verbs， and introduced what he supposed would be a subject of interest to me， - a discourse on the advantages and disadvantages of my present place of retirement.
I found him very intelligent on the topics we touched; and before I went home， I was encouraged so far as to volunteer another visit to-morrow.
He evidently wished no repetition of my intrusion. I shall go， notwithstanding. It is astonishing how sociable I feel myself compared with him.