"You positively annoy me, Joseph, and make me feel more angry than I
care to admit. The matter is a serious one, and I am deeply distressed.
After thirteen years of the most careful bringing-up there is complete
and absolute failure. It is a miserable reward. And then, to make
matters worse, you laugh at me, and egg the lad on to even greater
"Fiddlesticks, sir! Humbug! A miserable reward indeed!" was the