“They heard Dixon’s foot. A stern thought compressed her brows, and set her teeth. It was Dixon’s measured tread. They heard her walk.”
Continuing the abridged version of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South – abridged on the principle of leaving out all the important bits. The sinister Dixon may or may not be dead. The long-awaited Frederick arrives at last, only to be no more spoken of. Margaret fancies porters.