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He accordingly laughed his most horrible laugh, till the old vaulted roof rang and rang again, but hardly had the fearful echo died away when a door opened, and Mrs Otis came out in a light blue dressing-gown.

'I am afraid you are far from well,' she said, 'and I have brought you a bottle of Dr Dobell's tincture. If it is indigestion, you will find it a most excellent remedy.'