She started as if she had seen a ghost: I calmed her.
To her hurried "Is it really you, miss, come at this late hour to this lonely place?"
I answered by taking her hand; and then I followed her into the kitchen, where John now sat by a good fire.
I explained to them, in few words, that I had heard all which had happened since I left Thornfield, and that I was come to see Mr. Rochester.
I asked John to go down to the turn-pike-house, where I had dismissed the chaise, and bring my trunk, which I had left there:
and then, while I removed my bonnet and shawl,
I questioned Mary as to whether I could be accommodated at the Manor House for the night;
and finding that arrangements to that effect, though difficult, would not be impossible, I informed her I should stay.
Just at this moment the parlour-bell rang.
"When you go in," said I,
"tell your master that a person wishes to speak to him, but do not give my name."
"I don't think he will see you," she answered; "he refuses everybody."
When she returned, I inquired what he had said.
"You are to send in your name and your business," she replied.
She then proceeded to fill a glass with water, and place it on a tray, together with candles.